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Windows Registry   Registry Run Key  
Using The Registry Is At Your Own Risk.

Windows Registry The Run Key: See Video Tutorial
This is where software vendors and operating system applications create registry entries so as to have a specific software load and start when the operating system is first turned on. This can be a favorite registry change for Spyware etc.

Where Is The Run Key/Folder?:

Go To: Start Menu - Run (Type "regedit" into box without quotes) - Click Ok. You will see this image below.

Click + To Expand Folder:

   +HKEY_CURRENT_USER
     +SOFTWARE
       +MICROSOFT
         +WINDOWS
           +CURRENTVERSION
               RUN

Now click Tne Run Folder to show its contents in the right hand window. See Image Below.
Contents Of The Run Folder:

The registry values showing here are normal. If your machine were infected with spyware, this would show a much longer list.

Be careful you can not just go deleting something just because it looks suspicious.
Create Entry In The Run Folder:

Go To: Edit - New - String Value
By clicking on String Value you create a default entry, you must name this to the executable that you want to load on bootup.

Here we will enter the "explorer.exe" executable without quotes. This is the Name of the entry. Next we have to put in the Data entry which will be the path to "explorer.exe". We do this by double clicking on the explorer.exe that we have created. See Below.
When name is created double click to get data box. (see right)
Now enter explorer's path
So there you have it a registry string value that allows explorer to start when the system is turned on.

To delete this entry you just right click it and choose delete. This can work with some Spyware programs etc. Be very careful and always backup your system.