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#1 +patseguin

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:02

How do you auto start a program in Windows 8? It's not as easy as putting the program in the startup folder in the start menu anymore and I can't figure it out. I want my livingroom PC to autostart XBMC when it boots.


#2 azspeedbullet

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:07

try putting the exe file here:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

#3 +Brandon Live

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 18:15

That would affect all user accounts. For something like XMBC you probably just want it for one, in which case it would go under
c:\users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

However I'm a little surprised that XMBC doesn't just have an option which will set it up for you.

#4 articuno1au

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 18:30

Or boot up regedit, navigate to either:
For All Users: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
For The Current User: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Right click and add a new string value. Assign it whatever name you want.

In the data field, copy the location of the executable you want to start

#5 HeXetic

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 18:31

shell:startup will take you to the start-up folder as well. It's a little easier to remember.

#6 Eric

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 19:00

shell:startup will take you to the start-up folder as well. It's a little easier to remember.


That's awesome. Where did you find that? (I see shell:programs takes you to the program files folder as well.)

#7 UXGaurav

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:20

That's awesome. Where did you find that? (I see shell:programs takes you to the program files folder as well.)


The shell protocol has been there since Windows 2000. :)

#8 quakerorts

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:33

Right-click the exe and choose Pin to Start.