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running a program prior to user logging in ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by proteanthread, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. proteanthread

    proteanthread Flightless Bird

    is it possible in 2K or XP to run a program (in this instance, sol.exe
    or windows solitaire for example) prior to the user logging in ? not
    necessarily a script but an exe ?

    i know under windows 9x/ME this was accomplished by running the
    program as a service, how is it done under 2000 / XP ? if the same way
    then how do i get the program installed as a service ? is it the only
    way ?
     
  2. Dave Patrick

    Dave Patrick Flightless Bird

    You can download the tools here. Also be aware that not all applications can
    run as a service.

    Instsrv.exe
    Srvany.exe

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en


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    "proteanthread" wrote:
    > is it possible in 2K or XP to run a program (in this instance, sol.exe
    > or windows solitaire for example) prior to the user logging in ? not
    > necessarily a script but an exe ?
    >
    > i know under windows 9x/ME this was accomplished by running the
    > program as a service, how is it done under 2000 / XP ? if the same way
    > then how do i get the program installed as a service ? is it the only
    > way ?
     
  3. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "proteanthread" <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in message
    news:0f60e57c-c54e-4cf8-b258-e8c12348dd03@g10g2000yqh.googlegroups.com...
    > is it possible in 2K or XP to run a program (in this instance, sol.exe
    > or windows solitaire for example) prior to the user logging in ? not
    > necessarily a script but an exe ?
    >
    > i know under windows 9x/ME this was accomplished by running the
    > program as a service, how is it done under 2000 / XP ? if the same way
    > then how do i get the program installed as a service ? is it the only
    > way ?


    You can load programs prior to logging on by launching them as a scheduled
    task at boot time.
     

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