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I need an application to start automatically, when I log in every time. Say for example Microsoft Word should be open automatically When I start my system. What I have to do for this?

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Put a shortcut to the program in your Startup folder. But this is not a programming question. – Andy West Nov 30 '09 at 3:48
It could be: just re-phrase a few things so he's asking about how to build his deployment project. Is that what you have trouble with? – Joel Coehoorn Nov 30 '09 at 4:14

There are two main ways to do this.

One is by adding a link to your Start Menu under Programs -> Startup

The other involves a little bit of registry editing: Add a reference to the application in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

You may use this .reg file as a convenient way to make changes to your registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Just paste that in a file (named "uTorrent.reg" for example), and double click it to import.

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  1. Right click the Start menu, click 'Explore'.
  2. Open 'Programs', then open the 'Startup' folder.
  3. Click 'File' -> 'New' -> 'Shortcut'.
  4. Click 'Browse..' and find the location of the Word EXE file. This will be somewhere like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 12\WINWORD.EXE.
  5. Click 'OK', then 'Next'.
  6. Give your shortcut a name (e.g. "Word").
  7. Click Finish and you're done.
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