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startup order, how to change it?

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#1 angerli


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Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:39 AM

Hi, folks! I'm pretty familiar with MSCONFIG, but it doesn't indicate what ORDER the services/applets load in the background during startup.
I would like to consider changing the order. Such as loading my firewall and anti-virus before anything else.

Is there a safe applet or program out there which will enable me to edit the startup order?

Thanks for your suggestions and assistance!

Sandy Gerli

Edited by garmanma, 19 February 2010 - 01:17 PM.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:14 PM

I don't think you can change the start up. If Windows was more like Unix/Linux then yes you could via /etc/rc.d, but Windows doesn't have that capability.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:18 PM

Order of Startup Programs

If the order of startup programs matters to you, execute them from a script or batch program where you can control the order.

You’ll see an awful lot of claims about the order programs are run at startup, but you shouldn’t count on any of them. In the words of Raymond Chen, “They are relying on undocumented behavior which can change (and indeed has changed) over time.” For more, see “What order do programs in the startup group execute?” at blogs.msdn.com.

Microsoft states explicitly in KB article 179365, Run, RunOnce, RunServices, RunServicesOnce and Startup, that program keys and entries are “loaded asynchronously”, except that “Entries in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\...\RunOnce key are loaded synchronously in an undefined order.”

For an annotated list of places where Windows looks for startup instructions, see “Re: Starp up sequence” [sic] in microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (Usenet article posted 2005-07-26 by Wesley Vogel and archived here), and scroll down to “Here is my longer version”. Or download and run the free Autoruns program from Sysinternals.com.



Edited by garmanma, 19 February 2010 - 01:25 PM.

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