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Is there some way to autostart apps in Vista so you can control which one is started first, second, third etc. For example if I want to start Outlook, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, IE, Firefox in that order, and to have them appear in the taskbar like that.

I added them into the autostart-folder but Vista didn't start the apps in the order I wanted it?

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I believe that there is not really an easy way to launch in order other than creating a batch file that launches them in sequence with a wait in between. If you just launch, you would have a problem as it does not go to the next without the first one closing.

Your best bet is probably to download Autoruns, and place your applications in different sections of start, as naturally a few sections here get processed before others.

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It's not going to be pretty, though. It means apps have to wait one for the other to fully start, right? – alex Sep 10 '09 at 14:34
Yes :( – William Hilsum Sep 10 '09 at 14:39
I wonder how this can be the accepted answer, while Startup Delayer proposed below is a much better solution? :-/ – Snark Sep 15 '09 at 18:48
Maybe he just tried mine and it accomplished what he wanted – William Hilsum Sep 15 '09 at 18:58
I did a script that handled it, I wanted several instances of some apps to start and this worked very well. – Chris_45 Sep 17 '09 at 13:09

Startup Delayer does this very well. Set the order and even push back some apps to start several minutes after boot to help performance.

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does what it says on the tin :) +1 – Molly7244 Sep 10 '09 at 17:23

If your point is to have the taskbar buttons in a specific order, you can use Taskbar Shuffle to move them to the desired position on the taskbar.

It also allows changing the position of icons in the notification area (also wrongly known as the System Tray).


  • Full 32-bit and 64-bit support
  • Reorder your taskbar buttons by dragging and dropping them
  • Reorder your tray icons in the same way
  • Reorder tasks in a grouped button's popup menu in the same way
  • Middle-click to close programs on your taskbar
  • Works with UltraMon (version 3+ only) taskbars
  • Tweak taskbar button grouping
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