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Setting Up Logon Scripts

One important use of scripts is to set up user accounts in a consistent way at every logon. This is important in business environments, where network resources may be moved from time to time, or when users may inadvertently alter mapped network drives or other network settings. A script that runs whenever the user logs on can ensure that the user will always have access to correct network resources. Logon scripts can also perform checks for software updates, clean up temporary folders, and otherwise perform maintenance tasks on a routine basis, automatically.

Windows NT 4, 2000, and XP all let you assign scripts on a per-user basis. A login script can be a WSH file or an old-style .bat or .cmd batch file; you can use whatever format you wish. A batch file can even launch Windows Script Host, if you need to use both environments.


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