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Add a program to Startup

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  • I can`t figure out how to add a program to start at startup.

     

    Could someone PLEASE tell me how to do this in Vista?

     

    It`s driving me nuts!!

     

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:09 PM

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  • I did it!

     

    I added the program name to "RUN" in the registry!

     

    Note that you can add the pathway to the program,BUT you must make sure the actual .exe that opens the program is on the end of the listing in the registry.

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:46 PM

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  • There are three different ways you could do this:
    Add a shortcut to the program to the Startup folder, for either your profile (\users\yourname\start menu\startup) or for all users (\users\all users\start menu\startup);
    Or, add it as a system startup program (msconfig):
    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=37232

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:39 PM
  • (\users\yourname\start menu\startup)

     

    (\users\all users\start menu\startup);

     

    There are no "start Menu" or"Startups" in either of these folders.

     

    How to use msconfig ,to me is greek.

     

    Any other ideas?

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:22 PM
  • I did it!

     

    I added the program name to "RUN" in the registry!

     

    Note that you can add the pathway to the program,BUT you must make sure the actual .exe that opens the program is on the end of the listing in the registry.

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:46 PM
  • And, adding the program to "RUN" in the Registry does add it to the msconfig startup list (as shown in the article that I linked to.)

    As for the startup folders, they do exist:
    right-click the Start button (orb) > explore all users, or explore.  "explore all users" will put you in the \all users\ start menu list; "explore" will put you in the \your_name\ start menu list.  Open the Startup folder, and paste a program shortcut there.

    Sorry, though, if I over-shorthanded the paths.  Actual local paths are:
    C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup  (your profile)
    and
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup (all users)

    Friday, August 01, 2008 2:39 AM
  • Adding it to "run" does not put it in msconfig but my original question was how to make it run at startup,which,by putting it in "Run" has caused this to happen,it runs at startup now.

     

    Thanks for the complete path.Those ARE there!.

    Friday, August 01, 2008 3:07 AM