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Startup Script Before Login not on domain and no gpedit

Posted on 2011-10-13
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Is there a way to have a bat file to run at startup before user logon?
The server is not in a domain rather workgroup and unable to use gpedit.msc due to the way I am copying the file to the turned off VM server.

Windows 2008 R2


Please help!! Thanks a bunch!



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by:Christopher Raymond Mendoza
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We include it in the registry:

\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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And you can also use task scheduler. You can run it during startup, logon etc.
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by:Phase2
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I will not be able to change the registry when the server is off.


Let me explain further but I think this will confuse you as is not very important.

I am copying over the bat file via vmware APIs

I can create the bat file with what ever I want inside and copy to the HD of the turned off server,
but I cannot do this while the server is on.

Is there no other way?


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by:Phase2
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How about this:

Create a task in task sheduler to run a file called changeWallpaper.bat

inside changeWallpaper.bat its an empty file.

I use my API to copy and overrght the blank file with the real bat file and then start the server?

Could work.....

Please let me know if there is an easier way
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by:Christopher Raymond Mendoza
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Theoretically it should.

The problem with startup scripts is that there are only a limited number of ways to run them, two of which was posted above. Those in the Startup folder in the Programs Menu, on the other hand, will not run unless the user logs on.

Thing is, you will still need to log in and plug in the settings at least once before doing the adjustments via the server.
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By the way, all my computers, and that of my parents and sisters run a batch file during startup.

The batch file checks for updated version of itself scripts from a site I own before continuing.

But for it to work I still need to manually add it albeit only once.
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You lead me in the right direction on this. Thanks!
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