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How can I copy a file to the start up folder of the start menu in win xp using a batch script?

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What I want is to copy a file to the startup folde in the start menu using a batch script. The problem is that the location of the start menu folder depends on the current user logged on, so I guess i have to use a environment varioable of some sort similiar to e.g. %desktop%.
I'm using xcopy to do the copying.
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by:oBdA
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The variable to use is normally
%UserProfile%\Desktop

The following will retrieve the current desktop folder on XP even if this folder is redirected through a group policy:

for /f "tokens=2*" %%a in ('reg query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" ^| find /i "Desktop"') do set DesktopFolder=%%b
echo User's desktop folder: %DesktopFolder%
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by:Suppai
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I actually asked for the location of the start menu folder of the user logged on and not the desktop.
Ive googled it a bit and found that this might work, but havent got the chance to test it yet.Is this the location I'm looking for?

"C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\"
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Yes, but you can also use %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

Besides that, if you're using a Windows 2003 network with at least one Vista workstation, you could also use Group Policy Preferences for this.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42E30E3F-6F01-4610-9D6E-F6E0FB7A0790&displaylang=en
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by:Justin_W_Chandler
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WHY am I missing out on several question? Are they not getting posted to the Windows Batch zone?? oBdA, do you know what zone this question was posted in originally?

Justin Chandler
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Must have been Windows Batch Scripting, it's the only one of the three above I actively monitor.
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