There's a lot onthe internet saying that the order is random and can't be set - but I found a free trail of an application a while ago that enabled the user to drag'n'drop the startup programs into the order they started - and it worked - the only problem is I can't remeber what it was called - I originally fpound it on Google and it may be this click here but I can't get it to load now.
Thanks for all the responses. I'm trying to get Zone Alarm to run before other internet accessing programs, which it is not doing at the moment. My son's got the same problem on his machine, it's causing some minor irritating problems on startup. johnnyrocker - Can't change it with msconfig. rawprawn - it's the only number I can always remember! remind - Startup Delayer looks worth a try. Thanks!