Opening New Application Switches Focus

By TheGooch1 ·
When I am using one application and another one starts, say, because I clicked on its shortcut icon, my current application loses focus. I'd rather the application start up but take focus away from the application that I was previously using.
What I have tried so far was to use TweakUI to tell windows to not allow focus stealing - - but it did not help.

Is there any way to start Windows apps in the background? Background meaning that they do not get focus until I indicate that I want them to( i.e. alt-tab to the app, click start bar icon, etc. )

This is really annoying, but not a show-stopper. Also, I am running Windows XP SP2.

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