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Old 31st July 2005   #1
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How add program launch at startup?


How do I add an .exe XP program to launch at startup? I added the shortcut to the StartUp folder in both the Administrator and All Users folders under Docs and Settings but that doesn't work.

Also none of the above StartUp folders show the many programs that DO launch at startup such as found in the MSCONFIG SartUp tab.

What am I missing here?

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Documents & Settings > Username > Start Menu > Programs > Startup - File > New > Shortcut. Browse to the .exe file you want to run and follow the wizard through.
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Also none of the above StartUp folders show the many programs that DO launch at startup such as found in the MSCONFIG SartUp tab. What am I missing here?
Nothing As you have discovered a number of programs which start on boot do not appear here.

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Wow! Thanks for the speedy reply. I'll give it a try.

Have a great week.

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robls99--To see most of the programs that start at boot, simultaneously click Control+Alt+Delete, and go to Processes tab right after you boot.

The places from which most programs start in XP are:

1) Start|Run|type Msconfig|OK|Startup tab

2) Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder

3) Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder

in the Registry at:

4) HK_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

5) HK_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

6) HK_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

7) HK_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices


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Thanks, I'll check out those locations.

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Program launch at startup


This thread brings up a question I've always wondered: Where is the preferred place from which to launch startup programs? eg: StartUp Folder, HK_Local_Machine, HK_Current_User, etc.

Is there any one place that will allow assured startup program launch with it's corresponding task bar icon?

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Startup works fine and is probably easier than messing directly with the registry.

Is there any one place that will allow assured startup program launch with it's corresponding task bar icon?

Not quite sure what you are asking here.

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Uncle Buck--Most of the non-Windows programs that start at boot on my PC are those in HK_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
(or the HKCU equivalent). Only a couple are in the StartUp folder.
The MS programs (system programs) are probably in the various .ini files, .sys files, .bat files, Services, etc. and I suspect should not be messed with.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/tutorial44.html
However, if you want to add a program to start at boot then the StartUp folder is probably as good a place as any to try putting a shortcut for it as PeteC has suggested. Or you can program a command to permit this.

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Originally Posted by Newt
Startup works fine and is probably easier than messing directly with the registry.

Is there any one place that will allow assured startup program launch with it's corresponding task bar icon?

Not quite sure what you are asking here.
What is the difference, in operation/loading, between putting non-MS launch programs in:

HK_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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Startup ?

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Originally Posted by Uncle Buck
What is the difference, in operation/loading, between putting non-MS launch programs in:

HK_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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Startup ?
I'm not sure. Possibly a difference in when during the startup routine the reg 'run' stuff starts vs. the stuff in the startup folder.

Why?

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Originally Posted by Newt
I'm not sure. Possibly a difference in when during the startup routine the reg 'run' stuff starts vs. the stuff in the startup folder.

Why?
As a retired engineer, I guess I will always wonder w-h-y.

Thanks to everyone for their ideas and feedback.

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