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Windows 7: Automatically Start Software with Password

17 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Automatically Start Software with Password


I have a small utility that I need to run at startup, but it has a password.

I have dragged the utility to the startup folder, so that part is fine for when Windows 7 boots, but does anyone know how to have the password input as the software starts, though?



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17 Oct 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

It would be helpful to know the specific software in question and if it supports command line switches.
If it does it may be possible to alter the shortcut to say something to the effect of C:\program folder\program.exe /password

It would depend on whether the program in question supports this kind of switching though.
Or you could just blank out the password altogether if you just plan on giving anyone that boots the machine access to it anyway.
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17 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

You could write a small application to launch your program, wait for the login dialog, then send the password. AutoIt3 is a free scripting language for Windows. It has an easy to learn Basic-like syntax. You could put your password in an .ini file encrypted using the _StringEncrypt() function. Read it out of the ini on program start, decrypt, then send as macro after launching the app that requires the login. This is not bullet proof security. But it's better than the password sitting around in clear text.

AutoIt3 is made for controlling other programs via macros. Sending a sequence of keys to the active window is very simple. (See the Send() function in the help.)
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17 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 64bit

the software is called TradeAlertPro and I have emailed them to see if it can be done that way.

It certainly doesn't need to be secure, being only my wife and I in the house ever, so just need it to start when I start the machine

cheers Maguscreed

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