Make your programs run on Windows startup

Posted by dragon on Friday, 9 September 2011

type='html'>The two best methods for automatically launching a program at startup are to use the registry or the system's Startup folder. Which method you choose depends on how easy you want to make it for the user to remove the program if he or she decides that it shouldn't run at system startup. Using the Startup folder gives the user more control; to prevent the program from running at startup, the user just has to remove its shortcut from the folder. Using the registry makes it less accessible; the user will have to be familiar with the structure of the registry and will have to know how to use an editing tool like RegEdit in order to prevent the application from running at startup.
Sample Code.

'Write to register
Dim regKey As Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKeyregKey
regKey = Registry.LocalMachine.OpenSubKey("SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run", True)
regKey.SetValue("YourApplicationName", "YourInstallPath")

If you want to remove from register use this code.

regKey.DeleteValue("YourApplicationName", False)

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