What makes a registry key startup at boot RRS feed

  • Question

  • In Autoruns, I found an interesting setting, 'Show Empty Locations.' I've been trying to identify all the startup locations the registry has. I know that many are not standard, so how can you find them? This setting looks like it will give you the complete list on your system. So, what makes a key boot up? What attribute will tell a key to initialize at startup? If a programmer makes a registry key, how could they make this happen? Expanding on this idea, how does SysInternals generate the list of startup locations?

    • Edited by Kiowa Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:29 PM
    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:30 PM


  • Microsoft developers decide this..

    Every key used is documented in the Platform SDK or in books like Windows Internals by Russinovich and Solomon.

    There is no way for anyone external to Windows to create such a registry key, also because is Windows code that will look at those at logon..


    • Marked as answer by Kiowa Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:28 PM
    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:57 PM