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I'm unable to set a startup program

  1. #1


    Posts : 90
    Windows 8.1 x64

    I'm unable to set a startup program


    Hi, I'm using W8.1 x64, and I'm unable to set a task or program at windows startup. I've tried everything:

    A. Task Scheduler

    B. Shortcut to "Programs/startup"

    C. Set the program itself in its options (this method works with some programs, but not everyone, and of course, not every program has an option to start whith Windows)

    D. Run as administrator, propieties and give permissions, privileges... etc

    Nothing happens. I've checked in the Task Manager tab STARTUP for the programs I set up, and they are all there, in that list. But they never run. What can I do?

    In Windows XP it was as easy as add a simple shorcut to the "Progams/Startup" folder. Now it seems to be impossible.

    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rambomhtri,

    If the programs "Run as administrator", then Windows will not run them at startup by default.

    If you like, you could create an elevated shortcut using the method in the tutorial below, then place that elevated shortcut in your Startup folder. This only works with administrator accounts and not standard users though.

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

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 90
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thanks, I've tried a lot of things with task scheduler, creating basic tasks, or advanced option ones, with permission, without it, run as administrator, also NO run as administrator, add shortcut to the startup folder... nothing.

    After do all that appears in that link, on startup I've got this problem in task scheduler last run result: (0x1). When I restart the PC, a message pops up and says: Cannot find "C/Program" or something like that. I've checked the grammar and I think it's perfect.
    Last edited by rambomhtri; 05 Jun 2014 at 10:00.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Have a look in this Autoruns for Windows to confirm your set-up.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 90
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Forget all about it, I've discovered that I typed 2 double " in the task scheduler.

    NOW FINALLY has started in startup. Oh god, I've been trying to do this since January, and gave up for W8.1. Many thanks!!!!!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by rambomhtri View Post
    I've checked the grammar and I tink it's perfect.
    I reckon that if you spell think as tink it is understandable. I can't spell for toffee personally
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  7. #7


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad to hear you got it sorted.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 90
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rambomhtri View Post
    I've checked the grammar and I tink it's perfect.
    I reckon that if you spell think as tink it is understandable. I can't spell for toffee personally
    Lol, I didn't notice that grammar error. It's funny, because I'm saying that I typed the sentence correctly, using a sentence with grammar errors, xD. But I think I wrote that post with my smartphone, and that's the reason it's misspelled.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    This was a nice thread to run across. Been trying to figure out how to get SpeedFan to run at boot. Just followed the directions and placed a shortcut in the Startup folder. Do know the link works without bringing up a UAC prompt. Won't know until next boot if it will act like I want. Hopefully.......
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  10. #10


    Posts : 90
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It's nice cause it works, but it's worse than a built-in startup option in a program. The startup is slower if you use this method.
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