Netscape Communicator browsers permit automatically starting the Java runtime at browser startup by specifying a -java command-line option. Is there any way to auto-start the Java Plug-in at browser startup with Internet Explorer, instead of having to wait until first needed?

Jens Dibbern

Since the Sun Java Plug-in is third party code for IE, Microsoft could not anticipate your wish and reserve command-line parameters for it.
What you could do is include an applet on your start page that loads the Plug-in. You could also include a redirect on the page to go what you truly want as your start page.