I have several programs at startup that access the internet before
my firewall and anti-virus programs are loaded and read someplace that
you can change the startup sequence for programs that load when you
boot your P.C.
I would like my firewall and anti-virus to load first before
anything else accesses the internet.
I forgot where I read it and don’t remember how it’s done so maybe
if you get the time you can answer explain how this is done.
I have the same problem – in some cases some of the packages that
start up try to access my VPN before the VPN has actually been
While Windows has no built-in support for this, there are third
party tools available.
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As you probably know by now, when you login to Windows a number of
programs are run automatically. Exactly which, and how many depends on
your specific situation; it depends on your hardware and what specific
software you have installed. Looking at my own, I see my screen capture
utility, my VPN, RoboForm, TrueCrypt, a video card utility, an FTP
client, and more.
control the order in which those programs are started …”
Windows doesn’t really give you an option to control the order in
which those programs are started, or any way to delay their start up.
So, for example, if one of my startup programs wants to access
something over my VPN, but the VPN hasn’t started yet, then that access
will fail. If that access could be delayed some, giving the VPN time to
complete, then of course it could work.
In researching this problem I came up with two free solutions that
Delayer, which I’m currently evaluating is the first solution. So far it seems quite
powerful and flexible giving you a almost complete control of what
starts, and in what order. It’s designed so that it can be run
independently of startup as well: have three programs that you
always start together? Create a startup list in Startup
Delayer, and then just double click on that.
Of particular interest is that Startup Delayer will import your
current startup settings, and simply allow you to choose which to bring
under its management. Full backup of the existing settings is also
The only downside I’ve seen so far is that the interface to managing
your startup sequence might be a little technical and off-putting to
The identically named Startup Delayer from r2 Studios which appears to be
somewhat simpler, focuses on simply delaying startup tasks. I’ve not
had a chance to try this yet.
I’d be interested to hear of any experiences that readers might have
with these, or other solutions.