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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have an application that is badly designed and after double-clicking on it in Windows, it takes up to 20 seconds to show any signs of life.  This causes the users of this application to get frustrated and they double-click on it a second, third fourth and ...x times...   At one point I visited a user that had up to 20 instances of this application running. I would assume that they kept double-clicking on the icon until they saw the main window...

In any case, i would like to have some sort of application launcher that would put up a window saying "Please wait" and have a progres bar (animated gif?) and then would launch the dumb application...   Any ideas how this can be done either in a DOS batch or using an available application?   I would do it in C++ but I haven't touched C++ since last century...
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