Following up, I am chagrinned to admit that I am administrator.
It's just that when I uncheck statrtup boxes in msconfig, the changes are not accepted, and I'm told that I need to be administrator to make those changes. Hence the wild-goose chase.
all I really want to do is make the "My Bluetooth Places" Icon, which is not a shortcut, disappear from my desktop. Since I don't have the hardware, It bugs me to see it on the desktop.
So. Maybe it isn't a msconfig issue. If I use the control panel to remove the Bluetooth software, will that make an automatic registry change that will remove the Bluetooth item from the startup menu? Is that what's causing me all the heartache?
Because the alternatve answer is that removing the BT
SW from the registry that way will not change the startup menu, leaving a conflict the next time I boot, with an unpredictable, but unpleasant, outcome.