Run batch file AFTER startup

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February 17, 2010 at 09:06:05
Specs: Windows XP
I want to run a batch file immediately AFTER the final startup process has been run.

The reason for this is that my computer starts up a load of programs when I login, and I don't want my script interfering with the already slow startup procedure. Therefore, once the final startup program / process has been loaded, I want my batch file to start running.

Am I missing something obvious, and can anyone provide a solution.

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to try and help.

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February 17, 2010 at 09:57:33
The registry based programs start up first and programs in "users" startup (as opposed to "All Users") start last. I have noticed that programs in startup don't produce prefetch files, which therefore delays them further.

It follows that the best place to put your program is in "Users" (your name) so that it starts as late as possible. It is still quite likely that other programs will be finishing, so although it might help it will not meet your full objective.

You can re-order and delay programs with startup software and there is a freebie around. However, I found trying to get things the way I wanted them was very time consuming and decided I would end up tweaking them forever. It was too easy to actually end up with the boot being even slower. Adding even a small program to do this tends to go against the grain. This is the one I tried:

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February 18, 2010 at 04:36:56
Thanks for your comment Derek. I think for my purposes, simply using the user folder should be enough.

Basically, I start loads of programs every morning at work. I wanted to write a batch file that started them all automatically, so that I can go and do something productive whilst my computer (slowly) starts up. But i didn't want performance to be hampered any further.

I have tried your suggestion, and it seemed to work fine. I didn't exactly have the stopwatch out, but I didn't notice it taking any longer. That's good enough for me, so thanks very much for your assistance.

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February 18, 2010 at 08:19:59
Fine. I hope it holds out because program timing seems to be something of a variable and future changes could also affect the situation.

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