The Windows Desktop Update component implements the RunOnceEx registry key that provides the functionality described in this article. The Windows Desktop Update component is included with Windows 98 and Windows 2000. You can also install the Windows Desktop Update component with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Note that the syntax and format used for this key is different from the RunOnce key.
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RunOnceEx Sample to Run Notepad
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx Title = "My Setup Title" Flags = dword:00000002
"xxx1, xxxx" is a dynamic-link library (DLL) or .ocx file name (such as My.ocx or My.dll).
"0001, 000x" are section names. Section names can be alphanumeric.
"entry1, entryX" are registry string values that point to a program file to run.
Definition of Values and Subkeys
Flags is a DWORD value located in the RunOnceEx key to enable/disable the following settings.
All functions are disabled
Check Shell Status
Verifies the shell is ready to accept OLE commands
No Error Dialogs
Error dialog boxes are not displayed
Create Error Log File
Create C:\Windows\RunOnceEx.err file if errors occur
Create Execution Log File
Create a C:\Windows\RunOnceEx.log file with status of commands
No Exception Trapping
Does not trap exceptions that occur when registering DLLs
No Status Dialog
Status dialog box is not displayed while RunOnceEx runs
The values are cumulative. If you want "No Status Dialog" and "Create Error Log File," set Flags to hexadecimal 90 (80 + 10).
Title is a STRING value that you can use to fill in the Status dialog box title.
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx\Depend registry key contains the .dll files and the .ocx files that should be kept loaded in memory while all sections of RunOnceEx are running.
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx\000X registry keys contain entries to be run. These sections are run in alphabetical order. Therefore, the ...\RunOnceEx\0001 section is processed before the ...\RunOnceEx\0002 section.
The string values within a ...RunOnceEx\000x section contain the commands that should be run for the section. The format is:
Line1 runs the "my.exe -quiet -url http://www.microsoft.com/" command line. Line2 runs the DllRegisterServer function in Shdocvw.dll.
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx\000x\Depend registry key contains the .dll files and the .ocx files that should be kept in memory while section 000x is running.