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    Re: StartRight

    I tried it this morning and with great difficulty have already dumped it! Don't care for this one, Alan. Maybe unlike your machine, I have lots of stuff that runs at startup, not the least of which is a dozen items that show up in the system tray. Of course, there are others that don't have showing icons. Well, my system before StartRight, takes "about" 2.5 minutes from XP logo until the dozen items are all showing in the tray and the Avast virus scanner icon and ZA stop moving or flashing. The 2.5 minutes seems a long time when you're sitting here waiting, so I thought I'd try StartRight.

    From the same XP logo until all icons were in the tray, including the added StartRight, I stopped counting at in excess of 5 minutes! I booted again just to see if it was a first-time thing and it wasn't. No way am I gonna do this, so I opened the StartRight screen and asked it to Restore all my startups to original condition. It said it did so with the exception of a .REG file with about 6 items it said were NOT restored! How come - who knows! Knowing all the items are valid, I ran the .reg file and put them back in their places in the registry.

    Now, since Install and Restore are the only clickers on the program, I went looking for a StartRight UNINSTALL menu. No way - doesn't exist, not even in Control Panel Add/Remove. Just to make sure I had returned everything to normal, I tried to reboot. My machine would not shutdown and restart. It just sat there for 15 minutes at the shutting down screen. I had to power off. Luckily, there was no damage and the machine booted fine on power, except that StartRight ran again, but at least it ran as if it was the first time, i.e. did not take over my startups and all my startups ARE in fact returned. I did have to follow the instructions on his web page to use Regedit to remove StartRight from the RUN key. Whew! Ya win some and some ya don't - it IS Monday after all...

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    Re: StartRight

    I haven't tried this yet, but for purposes of comparison I wish I could remember the name of the other startup sequence manager that was mentioned a few years ago. I have a reminder for this thread, but I'm not sure that was the right one: Boot Time Security.

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    Re: StartRight

    Could be you are remembering Startup Delayer - r2 Studios

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    Re: StartRight

    Sorry to hear that Al. Clearly its handling of my simple configuration is not a general reflection of its behaviour. With regards to uninstalling the actual app, it doesn't have an uninstaller - it's a standalone program. But its inability, to restore the registry as advertised, is of grave concern, particularly for a novice user who may have no idea of how to do it manually.

    Looks like it's a case of "yes, in doubt, so best avoided". Again, sorry for the bum steer.

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    StartRight

    <font color=red>Please read all the posts in this thread before using - this software has been problematic for some users.</font color=red>

    StartRight will manage the execution of programs that are automatically started by the operating system at logon time. Instead of executing many programs at once (causing your OS to spit and sputter and attack your hard drive), StartRight will give the OS time to execute the program before running the next program. The OS should become much more responsive almost imediately after logon.

    Those of you that have a dozen system tray programs (and you know who you are), might want to give this a try.

    Features:
    - program executing ordering
    - custom delays
    - Auto-Tune delays based on CPU usage (optional)
    - new item notification (optional)
    - automatically disable all new programs (optional)
    - pause or stop program execution (optional)

    Requirements
    A Windows OS and Admin Rights. (not Vista compatible)

    <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> 0.4MB standalone. Seems to work well on my XP Pro, with some noticable improvement, although I don't have much run on startup.

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    Re: StartRight

    Joe, I think you're on to the only other one I've ever tried but the link isn't working and I've tried two alternate places that also can't get through.

    Startup Delayer Review at Free Downloads Center and Startup Delayer download and review and neither one of these can get through to the download either. Don't know if it's a temporary problem or if they're "out of business."

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    Re: StartRight

    And I'm afraid to say it got a little worse after I made that last post, Alan. I don't know if this is the "fault" of the program or something else. After going through that difficult removal and a few reboots, my computer slowed down to a real crawl. It was just fine yesterday and last night and I did nothing other than try this software this morning. After what I described above, I couldn't get anything, including The Lounge to work at "normal" speed. Even hitting CAD to bring up the Task Manager took a full minute or two. Windows Explorer would open but also after a minute or two delay. My immediate reaction was "Uh Oh, I've been stung by something."

    I ran an AdAware and Spybot scan and they found nothing but a few usual tracking cookies which I removed. BTW, I also have Spyware Blaster installed. After another couple of re-boots, things seem to be OK but I'm crossing my fingers. During all of this my Task Manager wasn't showing anything of significant delay, so I don't really know what the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> was going on.

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    Re: StartRight

    Al,
    It works for me. Myabe you should try it again.

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    Re: StartRight

    Sheesh! Bad news. Just for the heck of it, save you tried a boot into safe mode? Short of a restore point, I'm afraid I can't think of anything off the cuff. I'll dig around for further info. <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15> once again.

    Alan

    Also, from the [SR Known Bugs] page:

    "Any user without admin logging on will temporarily removed the Phase 1 mover until a user with admin rights logs on again. New items and disabled items will not be managed until an admin logs on.

    This is a design limitation. The workaround is dangerous and not recommened - which is to add write permissions to the RunOnce key for non-admin users.

    I'm still researching ways to work around this so that StartRight will be truely multi-user friendly. The RunOnce key programs arel execute programs before Explorer runs and does not require a service level program to be installed. A service may be the only workable solution."

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    Re: StartRight

    It's OK Alan, whatever the problem was, it seems to be gone. I was in bed earlier "thinking" about getting up and I had a thought. Probably the difficulties I had in removal caused Windows to struggle for awhile getting its arms back around the registry's RUN keys. I had to add back that .REG file and then remove the program from the registry manually, etc.

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    Re: StartRight

    Al,

    FYI, I had exactly the same problems, and did the same thing you did, i.e. restoring previous settings from SR, reinstalling that REG bit, deleting manually SR, then let CCleaner and JV Tools do their bits. But then I still was not happy and went back to a previous restore point. Now it is more or lesse starting up as before (like yours about 2 minutes overall, 79secs according to BootTimer, but then Avast icon is still turning). As the prefetch folder gets updated things will get better.

    Teun

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