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Prog added to startup does NOT show up

  1. #1

    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit

    Prog added to startup does NOT show up

    Dear All,

    I have a query wrt adding of a program to Win 8 startup.

    I went to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    and copied the shortcut of the prog there, still it does not show up in my system tray when I start my Win 8.
    What might went wrong?

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  2. #2

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

    You could use task scheduler to make a program open on startup.
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  3. #3

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

    Check the shortcut thats in there manually, make sure it is viable, sometimes a shortcut of a shortcut won't work.

    Also, install Classic Chell and use that to find the Startup Folder, you may not have put the shortcut into into the right one, the one that the system uses should be in the "Program Data" folder, not the Appdata folder. Under Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu.

    Ok, I just checked this system, its

    Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

    C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    But if you are sticking it there and it aint working, try this location:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Nov 2013 at 16:21. Reason: added tutorial for more info
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  4. #4

    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Troy,

    Does this program use "Run as administrator" to run elevated?

    If so, then that is why it will not run at startup. By default, Windows will not run elevated programs at startup for security reasons. If this is the case, then you could use the workaround in the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut of the program, and place the elevated shortcut in the Startup folder to have it run elevated at startup without an UAC prompt.

    Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
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  5. #5

    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    The first question that comes to my mind: Is the program running, and just not appearing in the tray? That may be the case.

    I'm assuming you don't have the tray icon for that program hidden, either totally hidden or in the "Show hidden icons" area.

    After I updated to Win8.1, I started having lots of problems with tray icons not showing, even though the respective programs were running. I still have not fully solved this problem.

    Whatever the name of the program is (from the shortcut properties), look for it in Task Manager, to see if it's running after you restart.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit

    thank you guys for your responses..Shawn was right in his assumption of the elevated issue resolved now.
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  7. #7

    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10

    Great news. Glad we could help.
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