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about running program in the background after log off

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I want to know is there any method can let me run a program after I log off windows 2000? That means I start to run a program, say bittorrent, then I log off, but I still want this program to keep running in the background. Is it possible for Windows 2000? I know we can do it on Unix. Thanks
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if the application can run as a service, then it can run with no user logged in.

here's two options:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q137/8/90.asp&NoWebContent=1

http://www.firedaemon.com/
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thx for answering. I can run a service whenever I log on or off now. However, the program itself is running but doing nothing...that means,say again, the bittorrent program is running when I check the task manager, but it does nothing, for example download, upload file, etc.
Because I want to use this feature to run a auto-update for virus definition when I leave the office, I do need it is actual running but not just eating up my memory. Thanks again
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I'm not too sure about this....the program *is* running...it's just running as a background service rather than a foreground application. How is an auto-update triggered for this program? Is it scheduled, or does it require human interaction? Obviously if you need to click a button to do an update, then that's not possible.

if you need to do something like this, you could try automating the keystrokes using a tool like Auto-It...then you could schedule the Auto-It script to run using 'at'.

http://www.hiddensoft.com/AutoIt/
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the auto update program doesnt need any human interaction. It is a batch file. After running this file, it will download the definition from symantec itself. What I want is to run it when I leave office, but my company's policy doesnt let me lock my computer when I am not in the office. Any idea I can actually run the program? Because I used bittorrent as a testing, the bittorrent.exe is running, but no download is actually occurred. Thanks
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you could schedule the batch file to run at night.

try this from command line:

at  3:00AM /EVERY:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday "c:\batchfile.bat"

this doesn't require a user to be logged in...it runs as the localsystem account
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where to put this command line? in the registry? or in the command prompt?
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I find that this command line is similar to the windows schedule. Any different bewteen them? since the task in windows' schedule doesn't work if I log off the computer
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I figure it out how to do to meet my requirement. But I really like your link to User-Defined Service. Thanks alot
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it is similar...at has been around longer, and it's what I'm more familar with...they both rely on the 'task scheduler' service to be running...but it definitely can work when a user is logged off (I use this command for lots of things here....)
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ok, glad it's working for you!
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