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Programs to start when machine starts

  1. #1


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    MS W8

    Programs to start when machine starts


    Hi!
    Can anyone tell me where to go to make programs start in conjunction with the machine starting?
    I want Outlook, Word, ACDSee and Google Earth to start with the machine, whilst I make my morning coffee!:-)
    Harald

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello Harald. Welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can copy shortcuts you create to the startup folder.
    As an example, I created a shortcut of media player classic and copied the shortcut to:

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    Then you can see what is set to start in the task manager from the startup tab

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    The OS defaults to the start screen unless you have a metro blocking start menu.
    The programs in the startup folder will execute shortly after launching the desktop app.
    If your system is defaulted (no start button), then you will not see results until you get to the desktop.
    Win + D, desktop tile or other...

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    Also: Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8
    Last edited by mdmd; 13 Apr 2013 at 11:13. Reason: Welcome to Eight Forums
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Task Scheduler


    You can use Task Scheduler also:

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    I used it to run Explorer.exe at Startup to bypass the Start Screen & open directly to Desktop.
    There may be a tutorial here in the Tutorials section about it.

    EDIT --- Tutorial:

    Task Scheduler
    Last edited by David Bailey; 13 Apr 2013 at 11:56. Reason: added link
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Harald View Post
    Hi!
    Can anyone tell me where to go to make programs start in conjunction with the machine starting?
    I want Outlook, Word, ACDSee and Google Earth to start with the machine, whilst I make my morning coffee!:-)
    Harald
    I know you want to do this for convenience, but the more major programs you have starting automatically, the longer it will take for the system to boot. But if as you say, you will be getting coffee, yah, but the time it all loads and is ready for input, a cup of coffee is about right.

    I used to do this, but it got to be so that it was interfering if I had any problems that needed immediate attention after boot. So now, I let as few items start as possible. Even Antivirus, those can take a few minutes to load an initialise, and you basically can't do anything until they have loaded fully. Instead, I made desktop shortuts in a folder and then shoved the folder to the side so it made a toolbar. Can't do that with Windows 8, but you can still pin em to the taskbar pretty easily, so that's what I do, so they are all there by the Orb of Start 8.

    (edit) Ohh - I like how you have MPC HC starting, that's a good program, opens almost instantaneously.
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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Ohh - I like how you have MPC HC starting, that's a good program, opens almost instantaneously.
    If you are referring to my example, it was just that, as an illustration to make a point.
    I have no shortcuts loading at startup on my system. The last time I did something like that was when using Windows 98 or something. I can't remember.
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Every program you install nowadays, may load a startup item into the Task Scheduler I don;t see anything stopping him from adding Office programs, it should work fine, I'd give the machine a good 10 minutes to fully boot and load.
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