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Runing a program on log-in client side?

Clients running Windows XP PRo with SP2

PDC is Windows 2k3 Server.

When a client logs in I would like for Outlook Express to autmaticly Open up and then Minimize.

How can I achive this?
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kminfotechCommented:
create a log on script

START /MIN "c:\program files\outlook express\msimn.exe"

You can either deploy via gpo policy

User Configuration->Windows Settings->Scripts, double click Logon, click Add and browse for your script

OR

Add to the individual account as a log on script
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
Rats I ment outlook not outlook express..

I took what you stated and tried making a line in my log on script that says

START /MIN "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE"


Will that try to launch outlook fromt he CLINT c:  or the SERVER c:??

Outlook is installed localy on the clinet pc.
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kminfotechCommented:
Outlook from client C:
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
it wont run :(

it seems to pull open a cmd window  and shows the path in the bar at the top  but the app never launches...


any ideas?
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rkotowicCommented:
Try the same command syntax with calc.exe and describe what happens then, please.
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
it did the same thing

I think it is an error with how we are using the  START /MIN command

It pulles open a cmd window  at top it shows the LINE bine called i.e  Calc.exe  or outlook.exe  BUT

it doesn't start the program... window just minimzes...

it goe sot the documents and settings \user path and sits there.
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
OK here is somthing new


I removed the "  and the  "

I can get calc to run jus fine but now it doesn't minimize

comand line I used was

START /MIN  calc.exe

any thoughts?
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kminfotechCommented:
START "" /MIN /B "c:\program files\microsoft office\office11\outlook.exe"
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
kminfotech

will that work for other programs as well?  Say I havea nother program that is  .exe and I want it to run and then minimze should work?  Or is the /b switch just for outlook?

Your line worked fine for outlook... but tried it for 2 other programs.... they stat just fine but do not minimze.  I have to click the minimze button.

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kminfotechCommented:
The /B just prevents an additional DOS screen from popping up

What are the other two apps?
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
They are programes written in fox pro.  

They have their own .exe file

Once they load up they have the minimze button you can click with a mouse at the top of the scren.
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mrchaos101Author Commented:
OK have antoehr issue here...

when I log into account as ADMIN on clint... it starts outlook and it minimzes  (this is what I want)

Whnen I log into account as domain user it starts outlook but it will not minimize.   ( want the same for both)

Both are using the same scritp called startprograms.bat

any ideas here?
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