I want my laptop to boot into a clean desktop with nothing running (apart from necessary background processes, obviously). But every time I reboot, transmission, search monkey, sometimes firefox open up, even if I shut them down before shutting the laptop down. How do I get a clean start up? Many thanks!

In response to this being a duplicate question:

I've checked the other question and I have a different problem. It Looks like my laptop is booting into a saved session or something. I managed to find the startup applications menu and the ones Are starting up aren't in there. Is it possible that I saved the session a while ago and for some reason it keeps booting into it? If so, where would this session be saved, and could I delete it?


After a bit of thought it could be possible that the session it loads into is the first one after I do a systwm updat. If not it as was at least 4 months ago...

A side thought could be that Ubuntu doesn't shut down properly, and boots back to to the lass session it did. I do get a lot of system crash warnings and things when I boot up

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    what version of ubuntu you run? and what is your GUI ? – GeoMint Jan 12 '15 at 13:09
  • @Geo By GUI, do you mean distro? – Tim Jan 12 '15 at 14:05
  • @Tim i mean unity, xfce, kde etc – GeoMint Jan 12 '15 at 14:49
  • It's XFCE desktop, and ubuntu 14.04. Is that the info you need? – Andy Jan 12 '15 at 15:05
  • Also, if it's any use, I've had a look in /etc/xfce4/ and the only file in there is defaults.list and there's nothing in there – Andy Jan 12 '15 at 15:11

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