The number of times I have had to remove a program from my start-up sequence in windows 7 is quite large. And the shocker is, the number of times that I have stumbled in trying to figure out how, is pretty large too ! XP had this option nicely nestled in the taskbar and startup menu, and it longer is there.
Anyways, there is a much easier way to do this.
1. Hit the Windows button in the bottom-left of your screen (hopefully if you havent reconfigured your start bar)
2. Type msconfig in the run-text box ; and click on msconfig.exe from the Programs Search Results.
3. Click on the startup tab
4. Select the programs you want to disable on startup and hit apply/OK.
5. And you are done. Hope this helps.