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I came up with the batch file below, and it is working great. However, I would like to know if there is a way to code it so that if a program is already running, it would skip it and launch the next one. I hope this makes sense. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

@echo off    
pushd    
start "" cmd /c cscript "C:\Users\User\Desktop\Work.vbs"    
start "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15" Outlook.exe    
start "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15" Lync.exe    
start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application" chrome.exe    
runas /savecred /user:"DOMAIN\User_Adm" "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe"    
runas /savecred /user:"DOMAIN\User_Adm" "mmc.exe \"My_Tools.msc\"
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Here is a example using tasklist to check all running applications for a given name.
Otherwise it starts the program. I'm sure you can adapt it to your needs

tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq notepad.exe" | find /i "notepad.exe" > nul ||
(start notepad.exe)
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I implemented tasklist into my script and its working like a charm.
Here it is for anyone else having the same questions as I had.

@echo off
pushd
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq iexplore.exe" | find /i "iexplore.exe" > nul ||(start Work.vbs)
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq outlook.exe" | find /i "outlook.exe" > nul ||(start outlook.exe)
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq lync.exe" | find /i "lync.exe" > nul ||(start lync.exe)
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq chrome.exe" | find /i "chrome.exe" > nul ||(start chrome.exe)
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq VpxClient.exe" | find /i "VpxClient.exe" > nul || runas /savecred /user:"DOMAIN\User_Adm" "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe"
tasklist /nh /fi "imagename eq mmc.exe" | find /i "mmc.exe" > nul || runas /savecred /user:"DOMAIN\User_Adm" "mmc.exe \"My_Tools.msc\"
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@echo off      
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq outlook.exe" | find /i "outlook.exe"      

IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO LOOP2
IF ERRORLEVEL 1 GOTO LOOP1 

:LOOP1 
  start notepad.exe
goto EXIT     

:LOOP1 
  start outlook.exe 
goto EXIT 

:EXIT
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