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Does anyone know how can I choose the order in which my Windows Vista start-up application are started? For example, I wish for my antivirus to start before Outlook or any instant messaging programs.

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Your question is very similar to this: superuser.com/questions/48092/…. Maybe it can help. – alex Oct 16 '09 at 10:08

The easiest way to postpone the startup of services in Vista, is to go to Administration Tools / Services, double-click on the service, and in the properties dialog change its Startup type to "Automatic (Delayed Start)", then OK.

If that's not enough flexibility, you can use Startup Delayer:

Startup Delayer allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program.

However, I must remark that personally I don't recommend monkeying too much with your startup order.

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startupdelayer can set a timed, rather than an ordered delay.

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