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Some apps run when included in startup folder & some don't

  1. #1


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    Some apps run when included in startup folder & some don't


    I'm running Win 8. On my brand new computer (Asus X 550BL) I've included
    several apps in my startup folder. Some of them run at system start and some don't.

    My Firefox starts from startup ok. A batch file used to run my WAMP server
    works ok as well.

    But my attempt to startup WinAmp fails to start. Manually clicking my WinAmp
    desktop shortcut works fine, but it won't 'auto' startup when that same shortcut
    is included the startup folder.

    This all worked fine in Win 7.

    All the startup folder items are set to run as a admin.

    Miffed.

    eatc7402

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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Seems like your issue might be related to either an in-place upgrade to Windows 8 and/or attributable to a WinAmp version of 5.56 or higher (had compatibility issues). This old thread suggests that a digression to an earlier version might fix your issue; however, it may no longer be applicable to your current situation. Just consider it as food for thought:

    Winamp won't run after upgrade to Windows 8 Pro - Winamp Forums
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello eatc, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, Windows will not run elevated programs at startup for security purposes.

    As a workaround, you could create an elevated shortcut for each affected program that requires "Run as administrator" using the method in the tutorial below, then place the elevated shortcuts in your Startup folder.

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

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello eatc, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, Windows will not run elevated programs at startup for security purposes.

    As a workaround, you could create an elevated shortcut for each affected program that requires "Run as administrator" using the method in the tutorial below, then place the elevated shortcuts in your Startup folder.

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

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    I've included
    several apps in my startup folder. Some of them run at system start and some don't.
    Hi Shawn,

    If that is the case, why some of his other shortcuts work? Just curious as to what I might have overlooked here.

    Thanks,

    my2cents
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    64-bit Windows 10


    The ones that do run at startup may not actually be set to "Run as administrator".
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    The ones that do run at startup may not actually be set to "Run as administrator".
    OK, thanks for that explanation. I was homing in on the combination of these sentences and maybe I just couldn't put it all together:

    I've included several apps in my startup folder. Some of them run at system start and some don't.
    All the startup folder items are set to run as a admin.
    With the above combined, I just thought that WinAmp was an exception so maybe I just got it wrong.

    Thank you,

    my2cents
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Let's wait for eatc to clarify for us.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Let's wait for eatc to clarify for us.
    OKey-doke!
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  9. #9


    Eatc is right... this is a bug or something i dont yet understand... try to go to windows\system32\ and take taskmgr.exe and create a shortcut to it into your startup folder... C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup then click on the shorcut created, go to properties and select start as minimized.
    I tried on different pcs and after restart it never starts. However all other shortcuts i have in that folder will work! This was the first thing i did after installing win 8.1 and unlucky me i think just found the first bug. Then my mouse whichis totally fine on win 7 pcs/s is making double click when i click only once on the left button. Another bug... Damn i think microsoft should hire me to find bugs... or am i just unlucky?
    Then i also hate that remember each folder view settings does not exist, and i can not find an app to do that... i hate 8.1 but i like the speed of it
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DJ, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, folder view settings of a specific folder are remembered for how they were set when the folder was last closed from the location (ex: taskbar vs Start) it was opened from.

    This is why the remember each folder view settings is no longer listed in Folder Options.

    If they are not being remembered for you, then reset the folder view settings back to default.

    Folder View Settings - Reset to Default in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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