Change programs that run automatically at startup

If you always open the same programs when you start your computer, you can configure Microsoft Windows XP to start them automatically when you log on. This can save you time because you don't have to locate and start each program manually. If you are the only person who uses your computer, you can also configure your computer to automatically log on with your account. Then you can turn on your computer and let Windows XP handle everything for you.

To configure a program to start automatically

  1. Right-click Start, and then click Explore. Windows Explorer opens and displays your Start menu.

  2. In the left pane, click Programs. Browse to find the program you want to automatically open. In the right pane, right-click the program, and then click Copy.

  3. In the left pane, click Programs, right-click Startup, and then click Paste.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more programs to your Startup group.

The programs you add to the Startup group will start automatically the next time you log on to your computer.