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They both sound synonymous. Do programs "at startup" run before the programs "at logon"? Or do they still run if you don't logon?

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"At startup" tasks run when the computer starts, whether anyone ever logs on or not.

"At log on" tasks run when a specific user or any user logs on, depending on how you set it.

Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748841.aspx

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