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Auto start a program

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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.

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try putting the exe file here:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

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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.

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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

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

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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.)

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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. :)

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Right-click the exe and choose Pin to Start.

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