Starting an administrative/elevated program on bootup under Vista

This is for all you Vista users who are tired of manually launching every time you reboot: Here is how to set a program which requires elevation to start automatically in Windows Vista without prompting for elevation.

  1. Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
  2. In the right pane, click “Create Basic Task”
  3. Enter a name for the task (can be anything), then click Next
  4. Select “When I Log On” then click Next
  5. Leave “Start a Program” checked and click Next
  6. In the Program field enter the name of the EXE and optional arguments, then click Next
  7. Check the box “Open the Properties dialog…”, then click Finish
  8. Check the “Run with highest privileges” box, click OK.

You are done. Next time you reboot, your app will start automatically after logon.

Easy, huh?

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