Computer Startup Log Program

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    Computer Startup Log Program

    Hi guys i want to write a program that runs when the computer is turned on and records what time the computer was turned on into a txt file. I know how to do the file input/output stuff but i need to know:

    1) how to get the date & time with <time.h>
    2) how to get the program to run when the computer starts

    Thanks alot guys!

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    1) http://www.experts-exchange.com/Prog..._20409560.html

    2) Depends on what OS you are using.

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    2) Assuming you're on Windows XP, one solution is to create a shortcut to your program under Start Menu->Programs->Startup. That works on Windows Classic view, not sure if the folder is the same in the default style. Alternately, you can add a registry value to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run
    Name the value anything you want, and set the value data to the path of your program.
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    Im using Windows Me, and remember im a novice so the easiest way would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Then, the shortcut should work I believe. I'm not sure exactly where the start menu folder is located, but I think you can right-click on the start menu and there will be an option called 'explore'. Then you can browse to Programs\Startup, and create the shortcut there. Otherwise, just do a search on your computer for 'startup' and find the one that has a path involving 'start menu'.

    Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the registry option will work as well.. but if you're not comfortable mucking around with that, then just go with the shortcut.
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    Thanks Hunter2 that's one problem solved but now the question of time/date still remains...

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    If you don't want to write your own program, one solution is a command like this:
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    time < nul >> time.txt
    This will append the current time to the file time.txt.

    Put this single line in a .bat file and put it in the startup folder.
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    >> ... and put it in the startup folder.
    Or in C:\Autoexec.bat

    gg

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