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Auto-execute app on startup without logging in

Posted on 2002-07-04
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When 2000 is booted from cold is it possible to have a particular app executed withuut the need to logon?

This is for a demo PC.

The actual app is a screensaver, I've already played about with the login.scr and replaced it with the required screensaver which works, although there is the usual delay.

Any help would be appreciated.
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If the application doesn't ever need to write anything to the screen then you can add it to Scheduled Tasks to run "on startup" and it'll run fine. If it's something a bit more prettified (which sounds likely) you're best off just adding it to the appropriate user's Startup group and then setting Windows 2000 to log on automatically as that user.
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On Win2000 you have the option of running applications via the Service Control Manager (SCM) as services.  Generally, a service must be written as a service but many applications can be tricked into running as services by using another application.

The resource kit includes a program called SRVANY.EXE that will do it but I like one called FireDaemon (http://www.firedaemon.com).  It's free and works great.

While not all apps can be run by it, it may be worth trying out.
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by:glenramsey
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pjknibbs, unfortuantley i am wanting to avoid the need to logon.

the idea is, the PC is switched on and, once 2000 has done it's rattling, it launches straight into the screensaver.
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jhance, i will give that a go, thanks.
will that product launch the screensaver even without a user logon?
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by:jhance
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I don't know, I've not tried it with such a thing.  But it costs only your time to try it.
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by:glenramsey
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sorry, see your point, being a service it should run prior to a logon and whether a screensaver will display is debatable :-)

cheers, i'll give it a try.
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by:jhance
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I'm sure you'll have to check the "Interact w/Desktop" option.
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by:st_steve
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Have you tried using Local Computer Policy (Group Policy) to run the command and assign the command to the Computer settings? I'm sure this works, coz I use startup scripts to connect to network servers and I put the scripts in the GP settings. Try it.
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the solution i think best fits is to install 2000 professional, using the custom options when doing this you can specify a default user that will auto-login when booted. not secure, but the answer to what i am trying to do.
thanks everyone.
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---- CLEAN UP ----

glenramsey,
I believe pjknibbs provided the answer that you used in the end; you did exactly what he sugested, auto-login.  It seems as you may not have caught the auto-login part when you read his comment.

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