In tip 0364, we discussed the start command.
If you require your users to run a sequence of programs to complete a task, create a batch file:
start /wait /b <first.exe>
start /wait /b <second.exe>
start /wait /b <third.exe>
Create a shortcut to this batch file and place it on the Start menu or desktop. Set it to run minimized.
When the user double-clicks the shortcut, <first.exe> runs. When <first.exe> terminates, <second.exe> runs. When the users ends <second.exe>, <third.exe> runs. When <third.exe> exits, the batch job terminates.