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#1 Randy Poe

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 10:58 PM

This is a really simple one... how do you get an application into the startup programs, so it starts every time the computer is booted? Thanks.

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:07 PM

Well, not all applications are such that they WILL startup on boot. Many, however, will give you that option when you install them, or you can check in their Help section for the correct default setting.
If you have Spybot installed, it has a useful Startup Tool that will allow you to manage what starts automatically. Remember though, that every application that you autostart will slow down your boot time, and will take a small amount of computer resources just running in the background tapping its feet until you start using it.
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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:44 PM

Hi Randy Poe, :thumbsup: to BC

Windows XP has a folder in its All Programs list called appropriately enough, Startup. This folder allows you to copy a programs shortcut into it and Windows will then start that program automatically whenever you log on to your user account.

There are more than one Startup folders on your computer; one is located in the All Users folder (at this location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ). This folder starts the program for all users who log onto the computer.

In addition to this universal startup folder, each user of the computer has their own startup folder (at this location: C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ). This folder allows each user to customize what programs start up when they log in.

To use these folders just copy a programs shortcut into one of these locations and Windows will do the rest. Be careful not to put the same shortcut into both a user folder and the all users folder or that user will end up with two instances of the same program running.

Be aware that as jgweed has already pointed out, too many startup programs can slow down your boot up time and tax your systems resources so it is best to only use these folders for programs that you absolutely need running when you log on.

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Edited by Ronbo, 12 September 2006 - 11:45 PM.

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#4 Randy Poe

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:49 PM

Thanks for the advice! It's just a simple screen-print program, so it should not cause a problem :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 01:21 AM

Hi Rndy Poe.

If it is not a programme you are going to use all the time, you could 'drag and drop' it into the quick launch area at the bottom left of your screen. It is then readily available with a couple of clicks. I keep my three browsers and about 20 other most used programmes there, always handy.

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