I'm trying to find a solution that would allow me to setup different startup profiles for Windows 7 and Windows 2008.

The idea is be able to boot (or reboot) Windows with a custom set of startup applications and services for different usage. E.g. A fast profile with minimal programs and services; a development profile with SQL Server, MySQL, IIS, Dropbox and SVN etc. etc.

It would be nice if I could choose the profile after booting.. so maybe a fast boot with minimal startup applications/services and then a profile choice that would then load up the required profile.

  • Seeing as there aren't really any suggestions for existing app solutions... Is there a way that I could manually dump serivces/startup items into text files that I could then selectively feed lists of into a bat script to start them up after a clean boot? – AndyCNX Jun 6 '12 at 15:28

Take a look at Startup Manager Project. Maybe it doesn't completelly solve your problem but is a good reference to begin:

As the name suggests, Startup Manager (aka st-m) is an open source startup manager for the Windows platform.

Startup Manager can:

  • Make programs start on logon (add items)
  • Rename existing items
  • Delete existing items
  • Disable existing items
  • Enable existing items
  • Create a batch file with programs that start in a certain order

Startup Manager supports:

  • Startup folders (all users and current user)
  • Registry sections
    • All the run and services sections (all and current user)
    • Computer sections: winlogon (userinit and shell) and BHO (browser helper objects)
  • Win.ini sections (load and run)

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  • It seems to only deal with startup items, while equally as important to me are the services that are started (or not). Otherwise, looks like a useful application. Especially like the creation of bat files for manual startup of items. Thanks for the tip. – AndyCNX Jun 5 '12 at 9:47
  • FYI, I seem to be facing permissions problems with Startup Manager under Windows 7 x64, even if I run it as an Administrator. – AndyCNX Jun 6 '12 at 15:27

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