Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

CMD File in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup make not visible

Posted on 2007-03-29
8
618 Views
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Windows cmd file located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ folder. I would like its window to not be visible when the user logs onto the machine. Currently the cmd file executes fine each time a user signs on to the machine but a DOS cmd window appears, I'd prefer that it ran without the window becoming visible.....
0
Comment
Question by:smmsmm57
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
8 Comments
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:and235100
ID: 18818423
0
 
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

by:
Shift-3 earned 500 total points
ID: 18820356
You could instead execute the script with an entry in the Group Policy node User Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts\Logon.  This can be set up locally by running gpedit.msc or through a GPO.

Group Policy logon scripts run invisibly by default.
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:and235100
ID: 18830028
@Shift-3
Not much point using the local user policy on a single station, though? And there is no indication that the Asker is using a domain...
0
Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:Shift-3
ID: 18830058
No point other than achieving the effect requested by smmsmm57.

Was there something in your link that would prevent the cmd window from appearing?  It looked like a whole lot of irrelevant information to me.
0
 

Author Comment

by:smmsmm57
ID: 18835677
OK...I placed a known working cmd file in the directory:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy\Machine\Scripts\Startup

I event went so far as to manually run it from within that directory from within a cmd window.....it ran fine...

But when I shutdown and restart the OS and then signon, it seemed not to run because the files it creates did not get created.... Am I missing something? I would have thought the simple placing of this file
in the above directory would cause it to execute? I am first to admin about having virtually no knowledge of "Group Policy" stuff.


What is GPO in "through a GPO?" thanks
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:and235100
ID: 18835694
@ Shift-3 - it probably was... but I thought it could be useful.

@ summsmm57

No, as far as I am aware - you would have to use gpedit to configure it as a logon script:

User Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts (Logon/Logoff)
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:Shift-3
ID: 18835741
smmsmm57, you have to run gpedit.msc, browse to the node mentioned in my first reply, and create an entry for the script there.  Simply placing it in the folder is not enough.

GPO stands for Group Policy Object, but they can only be used if you have an Active Directory domain set up.
0
 

Author Comment

by:smmsmm57
ID: 18843708
I believe I have done what you stated, namely use gpedit.msc and "place an entry" for the cmd file there..... It is possible that the network admins of the domain in which "my machines" exist has placed some sort of "local machines are not allowed to run group policy startup scripts" prohibition on the machine? I am abke to manually execute the file from that directory and it works fine, creating directories and folders etc.....

Is there any log of the activity started by these "entries" anywhere such that I might be able to veirify it works and bombed out? I am assuming at this point it does not even get invoked???

I will just award the points now because you told me what I was looking for...I have a "call" into my network admins to see if they in fact prevent me from running such things...thanks !
0

Featured Post

Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

791 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question