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Assign computer startup scripts

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To assign computer startup scripts

  1. Open Group Policy Object Editor.

  2. In the console tree, click Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).


    • Group Policy object/Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)

  3. In the details pane, double-click Startup.

  4. In the Startup Properties dialog box, click Add.

  5. In the Add a Script dialog box, do the following:

    • In Script Name, type the path to the script, or click Browse to search for the script file in the Netlogon shared folder on the domain controller.

    • In Script Parameters, type any parameters that you want, the same way as you would type them on the command line. For example, if your script includes parameters called //logo (display banner) and //I (interactive mode), type //logo //I.

  6. In the Startup Properties dialog box, specify the options that you want as follows:

    • Startup Scripts for Group Policy object--Lists all the scripts that are currently assigned to the selected Group Policy object. If you assign multiple scripts, the scripts are processed in the order that you specify. To move a script up in the list, click it, and then click Up. To move a script down in the list, click it, and then click Down.

    • Add--Opens the Add a Script dialog box, where you can specify any additional scripts to use.

    • Edit--Opens the Edit Script dialog box, where you can modify script information, such as name and parameters.

    • Remove--Removes the selected script from the Startup Scripts list.

    • Show Files--Displays the script files that are stored in the selected Group Policy object.


  • To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.

  • To open Group Policy Object Editor, see Related Topics.

  • Startup scripts are run as Local System, and they have the full rights that are associated with being able to run as Local System.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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