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Locking out the Shift Key on Startup

Regarding getting Startup programs to run even if the shift key is held down, the way to do this is to run the programs using ''Run'' in the registry. Click Start, Run, type regedit, and press Enter. Now, navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Create a string key named according to the program you want. Make the string value equal to the full path of the program and include any parameters you wish to pass. Once you''ve placed the programs here, you can remove them from the startup group. They''ll run at every logon, Shift key or no Shift key.

Another easy way to do this without using RegEdit is to download a freeware utility called RunServices. This program allows you to add and remove programs from the registry ''Run'' key. You can get a copy of RunServices at http://www.softinca.nnov.ru/rs/

Source: Windows Sysadmin Tips

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