delay startup in XP

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
November 21, 2010 at 02:01:19
Specs: Windows XP, 2G RAM
Hi, I use XP ,I want to delay the startup time in the startup folder .I do not want to install other party software .Can I edit the registry to achieve this ??Please give m detailed ...

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November 21, 2010 at 02:53:06
Not sure what you mean by delay startup time in startup folder. Please explain exactly what you are trying to achieve.

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November 21, 2010 at 03:33:08
In win xp , there is startup folder .You put the program link at there , it will auto startup those program.
I want to delay the startup time to 5 -10 min after the system boot .

Any suggestion ??

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November 21, 2010 at 06:18:32
Instead of talking in circles, why don't you tell which program it is & why you want to to start 5-10 minutes after bootup?

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November 21, 2010 at 09:56:47
Most people want the system to start without any delay.
I would make a bat that runs in the background...does nothing important and takes ten minutes to run.

Of course that would be a third party program.
Perhaps you could set it up to defrag at every boot up LOL!

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November 21, 2010 at 16:17:14
I trust you realise that most programs start from the registry itself, not the startup folder. Ones that appear in startup are usually shortcuts to the actual program exe file. These shortcuts are either in the "named user" or "all users" area of Documents and Settings.

Sure you can do things with batch files to create delays but without details about the exact programs you wish to delay we can only generalise. The approach would be to create a batch file with a delay to start each program exe file required. You then make shortcuts to the batch files you have created and put those in the startup folder instead of what is existing, chosing "named user" or "all users" locations as required.

In this webpage scroll down towards the bottom of the page and find "Creating a batch file delay":

I don't think either the Choice command or the Sleep command are native to XP so one or other of those tiny files would have to be downloaded. The Choice command gives a max of 99 seconds but could presumably be cascaded.

As far as I am aware there is no feature in the registry to delay the start of any program so your preconception is false.

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November 28, 2010 at 18:35:37
If you are dropping a Shortcut into the Startup folder...
Go into Properties, and at the end of the Target: file, add a space and -d.
When you run that shortcut you will get a pop up showing that the program will start in 15 seconds, and it gives you the option to Abort. Fifteen seconds wasn't enough for me after finding that gem on M$ Technet. I had to write a batch command.

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