Mac OS X: Login/Startup Items Do Not Work; Fix

Several users have reported an issue in which login and/or startup items do not work under various versions of Mac OS X. This problem can occur after an upgrade to Mac OS X, such as Snow Leopard.

When the issue occurs, a restart or logout then login results in a disappearance of the login and/or startup items.

Fix

Delete the following files:

  • /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist
  • Users/[Username]/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist

then add back any desired login or startup items and restart.

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