Here are some useful tricks which I use in Windows Vista:
1. Run a program automatically when Windows starts
The idea is to place the shortcuts of desired programs in the Window’s StartUp folder. Where is the StartUp folder depends on the type of your Windows OS. So follow the steps:
1.1 Go to the location where is the exe-running file of desired program, right click on it and choose Create shortcut.
1.2 Go to StartUp folder
For Vista it is : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
1.3 Put the shortcut into the StartUp folder.
The next time you start Windows, the program will run automatically.
Congratulations, you have automate one step which you have done manually every single day :) Еspecially if you run several programs in your job.
2. Set Windows Explorer’s default startup folder
Windows Explorer always opens “My Documents” folder by default. You can specify your preferable folder. You just have to change the properties for the Windows Explorer icon and replace the Target field with: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, yourfolder
Follow the steps:
2.1 Right click on the icon you use to launch Explorer and choose Properties.
2.2 In the Target box, replace the existing text with the following:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, yourfolder
For example my current default folder is f: and I have put in the target box this text:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, f:
If you are wondering what means these options “/n ” and “/e”, take a look at (here).