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