@DU00000001: Having less than full auto is never a problem...
I fear I'm growing to be a bit of a fuddy-duddy -- not the least that I don't trust computers (even though I started designing them in 1980 LOL). On the one hand I want the convenience of a "double-click" to configure my desktop -- on the other hand I want to be the one who initiates things -- maybe I just have a lust for power LOL
@DU0000001: ...whatever is in the autostart folder will be launched during startup...
Actually, I don't want that -- I do a lot of work at home and a lot of work "on the road" -- so the first thing that happens when I boot up a machine is that it syncs itself to DropBox. This means that I want to wait for the DropBox sync to complete before I launch my script to open all the windows so as to ensure I'm looking at/editing the most recent version of the files.
@ Max: "But that would just open the files -- not place everything where I want stuff on the screens (sad face)..."
I tried to locate rap.exe but could not find it either. An additional research revealed a tool called autosizer(.exe) that might do the trick (though it seems to know even more tricks).
As for the automatic starting: in former times (DOS x.yy) we had autoexec.bat. Now (Windoof xyz) you might remember we've got the start menu hierarchy instead - including the autostart folder. (Currently tried to locate the resp. folders on my Win 7 computer and failed. I hate these constant changes !!)
Anyway, whatever is in the autostart folder will be launched during startup. Requiring the associated files to be opened you might wish to have the beforementioned batch file with entries like: ... cd \MyDocuments\Excel-Files Excel "this_file.xls" cd \MyDocuments\Notes notepad open_issues.txt notepad documents.txt ... And so on.
As little as I've learned about autosizer it might be the first tool to be launched to control the window sizes and positions of the applöications launched subsequently.
What I'm not absolutely sure about is whether window sizes/ positions can only be stored as 'per application' (might require to create copies of notepad) or whether they can be associated to files opened. Some research left :)