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Did Program Run at Startup of Windows?

Posted on 2001-08-07
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I have a program that needs to run at the startup of Windows (Win98).  My questions are:

1. How do I make it run automatically at Windows startup without putting it or its shortcut in the Start Up folder?

2. Is there a way to let the program know that it was run at Windows startup or it was started manually?

Thanks in advance!
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Question by:limva
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by:rspahitz
ID: 6361818
I think you can modify the win.ini to get it to start when Windows starts, or on NT, set it as a service that starts at login.

To test when it was run, I think I heard that there's a function that indicates how many milliseconds have passed since Windows started.  If you check this and compare against a reasonably small number (< 2 minutes?) then you can probably assume that it began with the Windows startup.

Anther way is to add two programs at Windows startup, with a hidden "test" app first and your real app second.  If your real app detects the first program is not running, then the user probably shut it down and you app was manually started.  If your app see that it is running, compare the time it started against the time your app started; if the time is sufficiently small, then they started together at startup.
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Ark earned 400 total points
ID: 6361837
Hi
Private Declare Function GetTickCount Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetTickCount" () As Long

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim objWSHShell As Object
    Dim s As String
    Dim bManually As Boolean
    Set objWSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    On Error Resume Next
    s = objWSHShell.RegRead("HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MyApp")
    If Err or s = "" Then 'Running first time
       s = App.Path
       If Right$(s, 1) <> "\" Then s = s & "\"
       objWSHShell.RegWrite "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MyApp", s & App.EXEName & ".exe"
    End If
    If GetTickCount > 10000 Then bManually = True
End Sub

Cheers
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by:Ark
ID: 6361846
PS
Set objWSHShell = Nothing at the end of Sub
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by:rspahitz
ID: 6361872
Hey, Ark...yeah, that's the timer thing I was looking for.

The thing I wonder is: if your system takes 2 minutes to boot, what will be the value of GetTickCount when this app runs at startup?  Will it be within the 10000 millisecond period?  If not, you get a false reading.

(Also, to be explicit, you should probably initialize bManual = false somewhere before the 'if'.)
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by:PaulHews
ID: 6361885
>If GetTickCount > 10000 Then bManually = True


Might be more solid to include a command line parameter in the reg start up.

objWSHShell.RegWrite "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MyApp", s & App.EXEName
& ".exe -Auto"

Then

If Command$ Like "*-Auto*" Then bManually = True



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by:rspahitz
ID: 6361897
But Paul, if you do that, then somewhere you must delete the registry entry when Windows shuts down (or crashes) or it will still be there next time you start up, won't it?
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by:limva
ID: 6361949
Thanks guys!  All of your solutions are right!  But Ark's is the best for my needs right now.

Paul's suggestion is also very good. If Windows crashes or shuts down and it reboots, that will still count as an automatic startup of the program.  Therefore the parameter "Auto" stays in the registry.

Thanks again and the best to all of you!
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by:limva
ID: 6361953
Thanks guys!  All of your solutions are right!  But Ark's is the best for my needs right now.

Paul's suggestion is also very good. If Windows crashes or shuts down and it reboots, that will still count as an automatic startup of the program.  Therefore the parameter "Auto" stays in the registry.

Thanks again and the best to all of you!
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by:Ark
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Thanks for points, glad I could help you.
Sure, Paul's solution for checking bManually is better.
I used GetTickCount in my old app which used RunOnce key. This key works brfore logging and seems window not count ticks before logging.

Cheers
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