Hi to all
long story short, i have 2 executable files

first.exe
second.exe

i want to run both with one button,
i know i can run one executable file with this code

Private Sub Button1_Click_1(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
    Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\first.exe")
End Sub 

but how do i go about running 2 executable files with one button
and i want the second.exe file to start loading 10seconds after the first.exe loaded

im sure ill need to add a timer aswell for the 10second delay..

any help will be appreciated
thanx in advance

Edited 2 Years Ago by Ryan Nigel

You could start with a button and a timer and do

Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click

    Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\first.exe")
    Timer1.Interval = 10 * 1000 'ten seconds
    Timer1.Start()

End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Tick(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick

    Timer1.Stop()
    Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\second.exe")

End Sub

No need for a timer simply use the sleep function:

Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\first.exe")
Application.DoEvents
Threading.Thread.Sleep(10000)
Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\second.exe")

@Kb.net, thank you, your methods works aswell.

by the way, say i want to run executable first.exe in the background when i press Button1

i need to use code AppWinStyle.Hide after first.exe right so my code in line two will look something like

Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\first.exe", AppWinStyle.Hide)

but when using AppWinStyle.Hide
executable first.exe still doesnt open in the background.

any other ideas of how i can get executable first.exe to run in the background, prefibly i want executable first.exe to run in the Taskbar
thanx in advance guys

Edited 2 Years Ago by Ryan Nigel

If you use the Sleep method then your application becomes unresponsive during the sleep period. By using a timer you avoid this. You might change it slightly as

Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click

    If Timer1.Enabled The Exit Function
    Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\first.exe")
    Timer1.Interval = 10 * 1000 'ten seconds
    Timer1.Start()

End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Tick(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick

    Timer1.Stop()
    Process.Start(My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory & "\second.exe")

End Sub

The extra test at the top prevents problems if the user clicks the button multiple times quickly.

Edited 2 Years Ago by Reverend Jim

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