Hi, If you have the Smart Suite already installed then it is possible that there is a reference to it in Msconfig. Go to Start/ Run type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK. Go to the START tab and see if there is a reference to LOTUS there. If there is, put a tick in the box and it should open the Smart Centre at start up.
The answer is yes. Unfortunately I am not at my own PC so I can't search for how to do it. I seem to remember that when Lotus is installed with Smart Suite, the Smart Center can be omitted from the installation, but if it is installed it just appears on the desk top.