Track Startup Programs with wmic.exe on Windows 7

Q

How to track and maintain startup programs on Windows 7? I want to keep a record of what startup programs are configured on my computer.

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A

If you want to get a list of all startup applications on your Windows 7 system and save it to a file, you can use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command (wmic.exe) as described in this tutorial:

1. Start a command line window

2. Run the following command.

C:\fyicenter>wmic startup get name,command,location > \fyicenter\startup-programs.txt

3. Open \fyicenter\startup-programs.txt in Notepad. You see a list of startup programs recorded in the file, as shown in the example below:

Command                           Location                      Name                                                     
C:\PROGRA~1\WinZip\FAHCON~1.EXE   Common Startup                FAH                                                      
C:\PROGRA~1\WinZip\WZUPDA~1.EXE   Common Startup                Update Notifier                                          
C:\PROGRA~1\WinZip\WZPREL~1.EXE   Common Startup                WinZip Preloader                                         
TpShocks.exe                      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\...   TpShocks
...                                                 

Keep this file startup-programs.txt in a safe place, so that you can compare it at a later time to see if there are any new startup programs are added in your system.

 

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