In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:
Launch applications and scripts automatically at startup.
Synchronize your system time with an external time server.
Control the startup using the System Configuration Utility.
Control the startup using Boot.ini.
Customize the shutdown process using batch files and scripts.
In times past, launching Microsoft Windows was the perfect opportunity to catch up on your voice mail or grab another cup of coffee. That’s because the Windows startup used to be a glacially paced affair that often took minutes to complete (and few minutes are as long as those spent waiting for a computer to boot). Windows XP changed all that by being, if not exactly zippy, at least pleasingly faster than ...