Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.

share|improve this question

The Task Scheduler in the newer versions of Windows has got quite an overhaul. One of its improvements is to delay start a task. Simply set it to execute your 'apps' ON LOGON with different delays.

share|improve this answer
Task Scheduler sets low priorities to processes by default. See… – Torbins Apr 15 at 12:11

Startup Delayer

Startup Delayer is a free program tha allows you to configure which programs to start first and which ones to delay when your computer is rebooted. You can set a custom delay for each one, even drag the visual display graph which shows you exactly how your programs are starting and allows you to easily modify the order or adjust delay times.

share|improve this answer
I'm not sure why this was downvoted, because I tried Startup Delayer and it seems to do exactly what the OP wants. +1 – EMP Apr 24 '11 at 8:54
Startup Delayer is exactly the program needed. All startup programs can be spread out in time so that they start more smoothly or at desired intervals. – Abraxas Jul 21 '11 at 8:52

Type Windows + R

Your run dialog pops up.

Enter: services.msc

Find your service that you want to delay

Right click on it, select Properties

Under Startup type: select Automatic (Delayed Start)

There you go.

share|improve this answer
This is for services only, not programs. – Brian Jul 26 '10 at 18:43

I needed to delay for 1min some application at PC startup after the network connection...

I used standard build in Windows Task scheduler.

Its simply- create task, and fill up all necessary pages - General, Triggers, Actions, Settings.

share|improve this answer

And if you want to do it the good ol MS DOS way create a start.bat file in C:\ with

rem launching Thunderbird and Skype in 44 seconds
ping -n 1 -w 44000 > nul
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird"
start thunderbird.exe
ping -n 1 -w 78000 > nul
start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\" Skype.exe /min

Then create a shortcut to it and put the shortcut into the

c:\Users\Brian\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .