I need to open a bat file as soon as the computer powers up and enters Windows. This bat file needs internet connectivity. How can I bypass logging-in or automate logging-in or something like that - and then how can I start the .bat file? It is an administrator account. I guess the latter part could be done using Windows Scheduler - but if there's a Registry setting or something easier like that, I would prefer it.
The Task Scheduler is probably the easiest way to do this. Here's a walkthrough: Schedule a task
Since you mentioned registry editing, I'm guessing you prefer a text-based interface. In this case use the schtasks command. There is another command called at, but it can't schedule a task at system startup.
All of these commands use the same subsystem, so a task created using schtasks will show up in Task Scheduler.
Create a Batch script with registry file to do a RunOnce
Then use the task scheduler to do a task once a day -- i use a daily shutdown script for multiple computers. and to reset rights every day.
instead of just using %systemroot%\system32\shutdown.exe -- i Use the script to complete addition tasks at shutdown instead of creating task scheduler
In the task scheduler run this script as user: SYSTEM or ie: "NT Authority\System" this will give the script system rights or above admin rights, with the ability to complete the task before the user logs in.
This Runonce key starts before user logs into windows. and will can delay the windows explorer from opening till the script has completed. so even if a user does not logon at welcome screen the script will run anyway.