Not sure if this is doable in VB
(it must be), but it is definitely do-able by using a shortcut and then changing the properties on the shortcut... I've used this for a number of mdb's and seems to work well, but I work in a locked down environment so have to use interesting
methods like this from time to time!
[u]Suck eggs version:</u>
Right click on mdb, select Create Shortcut
Right click on the shortcut and select Properties
for the Run
Double click the shortcut.
Your application will start minimised, but the pop up should still "pop up".
Hope it works,