What's New in Hstart
Hstart GUI Tool allows you to create autostart entries in Windows Registry. The updated version of Hstart adds "Manage Startup Items" command under the Tools menu to quickly edit or remove existing autostart entries and contains several stability improvements.
Updated Help message:
Changelog for Hidden Start v4.7 (September 14, 2019):
- Added "Manage Startup Items" command under the Tools menu
- Fixed the title bar height of GUI Tool main window
- Some other minor improvements and bug fixes
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 14-Sep-19 00:34
Hidden Start (or Hstart) is a lightweight command line utility which allows you to hide console window and UAC elevation prompt, run multiple commands synchronously and much more.
Changelog for Hidden Start v4.6 (February 4, 2019):
- Added tooltips to command line options in Hstart GUI Tool
- Fixed a few minor issues with high DPI screens
- Several stability and performance improvements
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 04-Feb-19 03:23
New version of Hidden Start was released today. Now it comes with a handy setup program, provides an improved GUI tool, supports Windows 10 and more.
Hstart GUI Tool:
Changelog for Hidden Start v4.3:
- New installer and uninstaller for easier setup
- New application and GUI tool icons
- Improved support for high DPI on Windows 8 and above
- Various compatibility fixes for Windows 10
- Some other minor improvements and bug fixes
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 12-Feb-17 12:53
New version of Hidden Start was released today. Now Hstart can process long command lines with more that 2,048 characters - there is no limit.
Changelog for Hidden Start v4.1:
- Added support for long commands with more than 2k characters
- Hstart now ignores empty command arguments like "" or " "
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 30-Nov-11 13:03
The new major version of Hidden Start was released this week. The most noticeable update is Hstart GUI Tool – HstartUI.exe which is a part of the distribution package now.
Hstart GUI Tool would help you to build complex command lines and test them immediately. It can quickly create a shortcut on the desktop or an autostart entry in the Windows registry.
Run Applications without UAC Prompt
The second big improvement is /NOUAC switch that allows you to run applications or batch files with administrative privileges without any UAC prompts. Here is a simple example:
Of course, it can be used with other options:
The following command opens Local Group Policy Editor:
And here is how to open Windows Hosts file for editing:
As you can see from the previous example, Hstart now expands environment variables in the executed command lines. This may help you to make more system independent commands:
"cmd.exe /c "D:\test.bat > test-output.txt""
The new Hstart uses a more efficient parsing algorithm to process complex command lines. The entire program code has been rewritten to make Hstart faster and bug free.
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 25-Aug-11 04:21
The new version of Hidden Start allows you to set the startup delay (in seconds) before executing a batch file, command or sequence of commands.
You could use it as follows:
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 07-Jul-10 08:01
This minor update to Hstart adds support of the upcoming Windows 7 operating system:
Hstart can start non-elevated applications from elevated and handle UAC prompts on Windows 7 as well as on Windows Vista.
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 06-Oct-09 07:20
On Windows Vista, programs started from an elevated application or script would also run in elevated mode with full administrative rights. Hstart 3.0 gives an easy and native way to start a non-elevated program from the command line or a batch file, even if the command line proces is elevated. (see examples and learn more)
Installers that always run with full administrative rights on Vista computers can benefit from using Hstart with the /NONELEVATED switch and run other programs or scripts with the rights of the currently logged on user.
Hstart is very small (~40 Kb), but it allows you to:
- start multiple applications in the specified order synchronously;
- start console applications without any windows in the background;
- start non-elevated applications from elevated scripts and batch files (new in v3.0);
- handle UAC privilege elevation under Windows Vista and above;
- set the working directory and priority class of the created processes;
- show success and error messages after command execution.
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 24-Jul-09 21:46
Hstart 64-Bit Edition has been released yesterday. You may want to use native x64 executables because they work a bit faster on x64 platform and use x64 environment variables by default. See x64\ReadMe.txt for more information:
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 06-May-08 09:49
Hstart displays now a simple error message if the parameter is unknown or mistyped. Also I have added the /SILENT command line switch (silent mode: no error messages will be displayed).
Here are a few real-world examples of using Hstart:
- Example 1: Automate your daily backups
- Example 2: Optimize images with PNGOUT
- Example 3: Code Signing with one click
Hstart executable, readme and examples:
Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 17-Apr-08 15:53