neo090282 - No offense, but based on the question you asked may I suggest that unless you know what you are doing it is very possibloe to cause much more serious problems than a lot of programs starting with Windows? Just the use of the word "gut" scares the hell out of me. :huh:
Also M$ book "WindowsXP Inside/Out" the following is stated in bold print: "Although the System Configuration Utility(msconfig) is a priceless troubleshooting tool, it's lacking a few features. For instance, although you can disable a shortcut or registry entry using it, this utility won't allow you to permanently remove entries from your startup configuration or to choose from a menu of startup configurations each time you begin working with Windows. Fortunately, a quick search on the Web can help you find several useful free alternatives (to msconfig). Our favorites are Startup Control Panel available a http://www.mlin.net/StartCPL.shtml, and Startup Cop, available at http://www.pcmag,com/utilities."
"The Startup tab in msconfig is intended for use as a trouble-shooting tool---ONLY"
It almost sounds like you just wanna clean house and yer parents installed/loaded a ton of programs.
Go into *Control Panel* click on *Add/Remove Programs* and see what is listed on the list. Copy the list (write it down), don't delete/remove anything yet. Post it here and maybe we can discuse and help on what you want to get rid of and what you should and or could keep...
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS