Start program before login with WinXP

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    Start program before login with WinXP

    I am trying to start a program in Win XP before the user logs in.

    I can achieve this using the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\RunServices registry entry in Windows 98.

    However, this key has been removed in Windows XP and does not work when it is entered.

    I have also tried using the Task Scheduler, but this runs the program in the background meaning I can't access the programs user interface.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    I'm almost positive that you must be logged in to use a program, security reasons.

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    Services under NT/2K/XP mean so much more than they do in Win98.....in the better OSes they can run under the defualt system account, but you need to code tham as Services - not standard programs

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    make it a boot option.....or set it earlier in the boot order, im not sure exactly how that works, but it's the same thing with the xp recovery console.
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