I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.

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The Task Scheduler in the newer versions of Windows has got quite an overhaul. One of its improvements is to delay start a task. Simply set it to execute your 'apps' ON LOGON with different delays.


Startup Delayer

Startup Delayer is a free program tha allows you to configure which programs to start first and which ones to delay when your computer is rebooted. You can set a custom delay for each one, even drag the visual display graph which shows you exactly how your programs are starting and allows you to easily modify the order or adjust delay times.

  • Startup Delayer is exactly the program needed. All startup programs can be spread out in time so that they start more smoothly or at desired intervals. www.r2.com.au/page/products/show/startdelay
    – Abraxas
    Jul 21, 2011 at 8:52
  • This seems to have a lot more options than Task Scheduler, like CPU & Disk Monitoring based delays, internet connection check & etc. Pretty easy to use.
    – AlexVPerl
    Jan 28, 2020 at 9:11

Type Windows + R

Your run dialog pops up.

Enter: services.msc

Find your service that you want to delay

Right click on it, select Properties

Under Startup type: select Automatic (Delayed Start)

There you go.

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    This is for services only, not programs.
    – Brian
    Jul 26, 2010 at 18:43

I needed to delay for 1min some application at PC startup after the network connection...

I used standard build in Windows Task scheduler.

Its simply- create task, and fill up all necessary pages - General, Triggers, Actions, Settings.


And if you want to do it the good ol MS DOS way create a start.bat file in C:\ with

rem launching Thunderbird and Skype in 44 seconds
ping -n 1 -w 44000 > nul
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird"
start thunderbird.exe
ping -n 1 -w 78000 > nul
start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\" Skype.exe /min

Then create a shortcut to it and put the shortcut into the

c:\Users\Brian\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup



Leverage windows task scheduler, screenshot shows delay option you need

  1. Create a task in the scheduler
  2. Go to the Triggers tab and click New
  3. Set Begin the task to At log on
  4. Check Delay task for and enter anything between seconds to hours

windows task scheduler

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