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Troubleshooting Software Conflicts Programs running in the Background Sometimes you will run into the problem where two programs that are installed on your PC conflict with each other and refuse to run at the same time It can be tricky to find the culprit because you think that no other programs were running so what could possibly conflict Youd be surprised at how many programs are running on your PC right now Take a look right now and be amazed Push Control Ctrl Alternate Alt and Delete Del on your keyboard right now You should now see a dialog box labeled Close Programs In there is a list of some pretty funny looking names Each one of those is a program running right now in the background Didnt expect to see that many did you Two of the items listed here are always there that is Explorer and Systray Those are Windows components and they are supposed to be there But everything else is a program running right now that could be a possible culprit for your software conflict They get loaded automatically every time you start Windows How do they get loaded There are several places where you can find out Lets first look at your startup files Go to StartRun and type Sysedit In the resulting window youll see many cascading Windows In the Autoexecbat window you might find a few lines to start a program Or in the Winini file look at the load and run lines Anything in those lines after the sign is a program to be loaded Windows also has a startup folder where it checks every time Windows starts If there are any programs listed it will start them automatically You can find the contents of the startup folder by going to StartProgramsStartup Didnt realize you had those items in there did you Then there is another not
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