IdleStart will either run a program or open a file in its default program after a certain length of system idle time that you decide.

This will run on Windows 2000 and higher only. This will NOT run on 95/98/ME (sorry).

This program was created at the request of JeffK from

I use this on my computer to run Stellarium as a screensaver, with a shortcut in my Startup folder.

Run this with 2 command line parameters...

You can use this from the Windows Run dialog or use the parameters in a shortcut target. Do NOT just click & run like a normal program or it will do absolutely nothing but sit in the system tray and look stupid.


"C:\Program Files\IdleStart\IdleStart.exe" 30 "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe"
(this will run Winamp after 30 seconds of system idle time)

"C:\Program Files\IdleStart\IdleStart.exe" 600 "P:\Photos\Ugly Dude.jpg"
(this will open the file in the default program for .jpg files after 10 minutes of system idle time)

If you use a shortcut to start this, make sure you put the path to the folder your file or program is located in as the 'Start in:' location.
Not the path to the file, just the folder.


If you want it to start Winamp, you would put the path to the Winamp folder in the 'Start in:' box.

Right click the tray icon for 2 menu options: Exit and Disable/Enable.

Hover over the icon to see path of file it is set to open.

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