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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Startup programs not working anymore

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      • #1639031 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        Since last year Windows Defender’s updates sometimes (and somehow) seem to cause my startup programs to break.

        All the programs listed in these places stop running at startup:

        C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp


        Only a System Restore fixes it (sfc never solved much), but now I can’t go back to a working version.
        Do you know what could cause this weird problem and how to fix it?

        P.s: I’m not sure if it’s related, but I have very few errors in EventViewer, one of which is:

        Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service
        EventID 1530

        Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards. 

        1 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-[longcode]:
        Process 996 (\Device\HarddiskVolume2\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-[longcode]

      • #1652574 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        Oh well.. I managed to restore via Safe Mode.
        This is still annoying and weird, but as long I can go back, I guess I’m ok..

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Registry unload errors are often related to AV programs not relinquishing control, although it’s not expected of Defender.
        Maybe you have another program that is hanging onto the registry. Check Task Manager for running processes and check any non-MS programs are ones you expect.

        cheers, Paul

      • #1716402 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’m not using an antivirus at the moment.
        Maybe it could be ZoneAlarm’s fault, but so far I haven’t been able to verify it.

        Btw the issue came back and strangely, it even persisted after restoring to previously-created points without it.

        So, I tried using  Msconfig to do a selective restart without any third-party service&program and the startup progs worked again. Then I re-enabled them one-by-one (actually in groups) to identify the culprit, until.. I basically ended up with the normal start.
        And the issue vanished again.. ¯\_(O_o)_/¯

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