Stop the Annoying "Windows Has Blocked Some Startup Programs" Balloon

So you followed some tutorial that told you to use msconfig.exe to modify your startup items… and now you keep getting an annoying message that says “Windows has blocked some startup programs”. How irritating is that?

It’s not difficult to stop this message from ever appearing again, and here’s the easiest possible way to stop it.


Right-click on the annoying (and ugly) icon in the system tray, select “Run blocked program” and then “System Configuration Utility”


After the UAC prompt, you’ll see this dialog message. Check the box for “Don’t show this message or annoy me again when Windows starts”.


Now you shouldn’t get those messages anymore.

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