Hey, you're back! Tried: Start>System Tools>Task Manager and got the same ole thing. Just the "Task Manager" app was running. I created a new post to see if anyone has tried one of the third party "SafeMode" apps floating around out there. Some went as far back as 2005 for PPC w/wm5.0. If the .exe is associating with another file after bootup, it seems I either have to: 1) break the association (in this case shutdown Power Management programs), or 2) run this guy in a safe-mode configuration. What perplexes me is that I can't find a solution for smartphones that are not touchscreen. I can't be the lone solider with an entrenched .exe in the Startup folder!