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      May 30th, 04, 9:46 AM
I run various bits of software on the PC at startup. I have just
installed a new firewall and want that to start first - but it appears
in the system tray last. Where is the order of starting startup
applications defined.

Am running Windows XP Pro

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      May 30th, 04, 11:44 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, "Nozza"
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> I run various bits of software on the PC at startup. I have just
> installed a new firewall and want that to start first - but it appears
> in the system tray last. Where is the order of starting startup
> applications defined.


Officially it's undefined, although for items run from the Registry it
might be the order in which the entries were added, and for items in the
Startup group it might be alphabetical.
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> Am running Windows XP Pro
>

This might help:

http://www.r2.com.au/downloads/files...ay_v2.1b10.exe
 
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      May 30th, 04, 12:08 PM
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wonderful person Nozza <(E-Mail Removed)> said
>I run various bits of software on the PC at startup. I have just
>installed a new firewall and want that to start first - but it appears
>in the system tray last. Where is the order of starting startup
>applications defined.


it isn't, although usually things in 'run' keys get started before
things in the users' startup folder(s). Even that is guaranteed.

If you want to fiddle with it, try startupcpl from
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
which makes it easy to move things around

if you really, really care, then you need a .bat or .vbs file which
starts everything in the desired order.

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      May 30th, 04, 4:44 PM
Thanks for the replies! Really appreciated. Particularly like the
startup tool for the control panel - kinda neat.

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      May 30th, 04, 5:33 PM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, "Nozza"
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> Thanks for the replies! Really appreciated. Particularly like the
> startup tool for the control panel - kinda neat.
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Does it do anything that MSConfig doesn't?
 
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      May 30th, 04, 6:20 PM
GSV Three Minds in a Can wrote:

> > Where is the order of starting startup
> >applications defined.

....
> if you really, really care, then you need a .bat or .vbs file which
> starts everything in the desired order.


There is a useful command to use in .bat or .cmd files: if you use the
"start" command with the "/wait" parameter, the system will wait for the
started program to terminate before continuing.
For example,

start /wait C:\Novell\CLIENT32\LOGINW95.EXE mailserv /PWD=HELLO /CONT
F:\mercury\mercury.exe

will login to a Netware server, and only after completing the login will
run a (mail distribution in this example) program from a network drive.

There are also MS-DOS programs (typically called wait.com or similar),
which will wait for a specified time before proceeding. I think this
often works in Windows, though in principle the system could go on to
execute the next command while executing the WAIT.
C:\Novell\CLIENT32\LOGINW95.EXE john /PWD=HELLO /CONT
wait 30
f:\pmail32\winpm-32.exe

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      May 30th, 04, 6:43 PM
On Sun, 30 May 2004 17:33:10 +0100, Rob Morley <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, "Nozza"
>(E-Mail Removed) says...
>> Thanks for the replies! Really appreciated. Particularly like the
>> startup tool for the control panel - kinda neat.
>>

>Does it do anything that MSConfig doesn't?


Not really - but it looks better!

Noz

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      May 30th, 04, 10:37 PM
Bitstring <(E-Mail Removed)> , from the
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>In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, "Nozza"
>(E-Mail Removed) says...
>> Thanks for the replies! Really appreciated. Particularly like the
>> startup tool for the control panel - kinda neat.
>>

>Does it do anything that MSConfig doesn't?


Yes. For instance you can =really= delete startup entries, whereas iirc
MSConfig will only disable them.

It also does the things that MSConfig does =better= than MSConfig.

(and works for OSs that don't have MSConfig, like Win2k Pro).

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