3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Program(s) At Startup

red green light   3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Program(s) At StartupThe issue of delaying application launches on startup, for me, directly relates to the security and safety of my computer. On startup, my computer connects to the Internet before the firewall can kick in. That small delay in the startup of my protection software gives a small window to viruses and malware.

The solution is a registry hack or software that can delay a program (ex. my broadband network connection) at startup.


Delaying a service has many uses ““ from improving boot efficiency to troubleshooting. Windows has several manual options for specifying the sequence of startup programs and a delay between them. You can use a batch file and place it in the startup folder or get into the registry and add entries under a registry key.

But for absolute ease of use there are a few software launcher options too. Let’s look into three of them.

Startup Delayer

StartUpDelayer   3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Program(s) At Startup

Startup Delayer (v2.5.138) is a 980KB free download. The latest version is more than a year old, but it works just fine on Windows 2000/XP/XP64/Vista systems. The app lists all the applications that load with Windows. You can double click on each application and edit its Launch Type and set the Delay.

Alternatively, you can drag “˜n drop the application onto the Time Chart that’s below the application list. Then, you can then drag and drop it around the Time Chart to rearrange the apps and change the delay. You can delete selected programs from the list and in case you change your mind, simply start over. The delay information is displayed on the status bar.

LaunchLater

LaunchLater   3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Program(s) At Startup

LaunchLater (v1.3) Beta does the same job of delaying the startup time of applications. The 1.145MB freeware does require that you have .NET Framework (ver.4.0) installed.

LaunchLater is very simple: you add the applications you want to delay and specify the delay in seconds. But the simplicity also entails a bit of work, because you have to manually browse to the executable of the application you want to delay the launch for.

WinPatrol

Startup program delay is just one of the roles of this well rounded security app, WinPatrol (ver.18.1). WinPatrol’s overall role is to monitor your computer for any changes and issue alerts. Scotty, the system watchdog, sits on the taskbar and watches out for threats. Malicious software, harmful ActiveX controls, suspected key loggers, spyware etc can be kept at bay using WinPatrol. WinPatrol does not scan but takes a system snapshot as the basis for its heuristic monitoring of the system.

WinPatrol has a startup monitor that lists all the programs that load with Windows. You can simply right click on the program(s) and move it to the Delayed Start list.

WinPatrol   3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Program(s) At Startup

Next, on the Delayed Start list, you can right click on the program and set the delay time for the program.

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WinPatrol (Free) is a 1MB download and is supported on all Windows OS including Windows 7.

If you are looking for a startup delayer with some extra functionality to boot, WinPatrol is well reviewed and a good choice.  Mark reviewed it back in 2007 as well as taking a look at its portable version in 2009.

You can also go and checkout how to use Soluto to improve your Windows boot up time. Soluto also has an option that lets you delay programs and improve Windows responsiveness.

You can create your own free delay device using a simple batch file and placing it in the startup folder. Googling for it throws up quite a few samples. Windows Vista and 7 (also Windows Server 2008) have an Automatic (Delayed Start) option that ensures that selected services start shortly after a boot. You can access it from the Services Control Panel applet under Administrative Tools.

Do you use a manual option or a software to delay selected programs at startup? Let us know.

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Jason Beckom

While these sound great, I would highly recommend Soluto. It measures how much time each program takes during loading, lets you know what each program is for, and allows you to ether stop it from loading, or delay it. The interface is really great, and I couldn’t say enough to support them

http://www.soluto.com

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Jason Beckom

While these sound great, I would highly recommend Soluto. It measures how much time each program takes during loading, lets you know what each program is for, and allows you to ether stop it from loading, or delay it. The interface is really great, and I couldn’t say enough to support them

http://www.soluto.com

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thenonhacker

You forgot this: Soluto Beta http://www.soluto.com/

It’s simple and effective, and my startup is so fast. Its got a database of apps and advice if they are safe to be delayed or disabled.

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Saikat Basu

Hi Guys,

I have mentioned the previous review on Soluto. Did not include it in this one because we have done quite a detailed review on it previously. And yes, it’s a pretty nifty solution.

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Mrcloseencounters

Unfortunately .. After multiple attempts to install Soluto on my 64bit Vista pc .. and failing, I’ve given up trying to find out how well it works!

This doesn’t appear to be a problem just for me either .. many folks, according to the responses at the Soluto forum .. are having the same aggravating installation problems.

What is the difference between what this (Soluto) application does as compared to say .. StartUpDelayer?

MC

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thenonhacker

You forgot this: Soluto Beta http://www.soluto.com/

It’s simple and effective, and my startup is so fast. Its got a database of apps and advice if they are safe to be delayed or disabled.

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thenonhacker

You forgot this: http://www.soluto.com/

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Saikat Basu

Hi Guys,

I have mentioned the previous review on Soluto. Did not include it in this one because we have done quite a detailed review on it previously. And yes, it’s a pretty nifty solution.

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Mrcloseencounters

Unfortunately .. After multiple attempts to install Soluto on my 64bit Vista pc .. and failing, I’ve given up trying to find out how well it works!

This doesn’t appear to be a problem just for me either .. many folks, according to the responses at the Soluto forum .. are having the same aggravating installation problems.

What is the difference between what this (Soluto) application does as compared to say .. StartUpDelayer?

MC

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Saikat Basu

Could there be a problem with 64bit Windows versions? Soluto ‘analyzes’ what’s slowing down your system, while an app like StartUp Delayer does not. The common feature between both of them is that they allow you to pause and delay any of the startup apps. Solutio also analyzes your machine at any given time and tells you what’s slowing it down. Soluto is a more ‘complete solution’ in these respects, while the ones featured here are simpler.

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Jeff Cox

Just wanted to say a quick thanks for mentioning my LaunchLater app! It was an idea that I had with some coworkers back in May and I decided to make it a pet project and open source it. The new version went live earlier in the week and the next iteration should come soon. A couple of friends have joined the project and are contributing code to make importing existing startup apps a cinch, as well as adding the ability to control Windows services.

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Aibek

thanks for coding such a useful app!

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domino

Soluto is good