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How can I execute a batch file during logout in WinXP?

I would like to automatically execute a batch file during logout in Windows XP. On launch, I can easily put a shortcut into the startup folder, yet I don't think there's any such mechanism for logout situations (well it's not easy to find!). If possible, I would like to find a way of doing this without utilizing any third-party tools.

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Use Group Policy to run a script at logoff; there's a thread here that discusses how to do that in some detail. Group Policy is generally the best way to handle "automatic" actions like this without having to resort to third-party tools of some kind, and it'll work no matter what the other person's computer or where it is, so long as they're joined to the domain.

This was first published in August 2005

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