I use a laptop as my sole machine. I find it irksome to wait for programs to start when Windows starts up. For example, I may want to start up, grab a document, and then shut down immediately. And, I’m just a really impatient person.
Recently I moved all my start up programs into a subfolder in the Windows Startup folder. Now when the laptop boots, the folder opens, and I can pick the programs I want to start. It’s all about control, baby.
First, open the All Users Startup folder.
Open All Users Startup folder
Second, create a new subfolder in the Startup folder (I just called mine Startup).
Create new subfolder
Third, move the shortcuts in the Startup folder into the new subfolder. That’s it. The next time you login, the folder with the short cuts will open on your desktop.
The How-To Geek has posted instructions for creating your admin panel. I followed his Vista example on my XP box, easily. There were a couple of minor differences , but it is a <ahem> snap.
Custom Admin Panel
Why? As the author says, navigating the Windows menu for individual utilities like disk management, user management, services, and so on is inconvenient. Combining the utilities I use most often into one admin panel is a great productivity tip. Thanks, How-To Geek (and Steve).
 The task scheduler isn’t an mmc snap in in XP.