I use GmailNotifierPlus for mail notifications, and I currently have to click the icon every time my computer starts to start it. How do you enable the .exe to run at startup?



Add a Link to the Startup Folder

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." Right-click the "Startup" folder in the menu and select "Open All Users." This option opens the folder for all users on the computer. Choose "Explore" to open the folder for the currently logged-in user only.

Right-click the folder or file you want started when the computer boots. Select "Copy Shortcut" from the menu.

Right-click any white space in the "Startup" folder opened in Step 1. Select "Paste" from the menu list. The program will now open the next time you start the computer.

Change Current Startup Programs

Click the Windows "Start" button and type "msconfig" in the search textbox. This opens the System Configuration console.

Click the "Startup" tab. This gives you a view of all the programs installed as a startup option on your computer.

Check boxes of the applications you want to start when you boot the computer. For programs you no longer want to start, clear the checkbox.

Click "Apply" and close the configuration window. A popup window asks if you want to reboot the computer. Click "Restart" to reboot the computer and save the changes.


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  • But I bet there will be some checkbox in Options or when you installed that app, that will do the same automatically. – sYnfo Oct 30 '09 at 22:02
  • don't be so lazy!!! :) +1 – Molly7244 Oct 30 '09 at 22:04
  • Ok, ok, I'm sorry! :D It's just that, that way, I feel like I'm stealing that info, it looks like I knew it while I just used google... The "Source" link is sooo small, some might overlook it. :) – sYnfo Oct 30 '09 at 22:11
  • Er, I mean "This way". English... – sYnfo Oct 30 '09 at 22:14
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    nah, you don't 'steal the info' as long as have the decency to credit the source :) – Molly7244 Oct 30 '09 at 22:37

Windows task scheduler was written for this purpose. It can start any task based on some criteria or event (like system startup). It will record its status and last run info. In Win7, click: start -> control panel -> administration tools -> Task Scheduler. The wizard "Create basic task wizard" is self obvious.

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