The most widely used desktop Operating System Windows always has its own ups and downs. It all comes down to the way the apps work these days. And with the latest Windows 10, most of the apps in here are out of the .exe batch. So, if you are looking for a way to launch these apps on the startup, we got several solutions which work in different ways here. Although these don’t work the same, you can get it done with the conventional Startup folder.
Launch apps using Startup Settings
Recently, with the latest versions of the Windows 10, we got plenty of features along with easy management of startup applications in its Settings. Even though this method works only for a few apps that are in the Windows Store, there are still other ways in which you can make this work. These apps need a special permission to be run upon startup.
To get to this, open up the Settings > Apps > Startup and scroll through the list and turn it on for the apps that you want to launch at startup. This is the genuine and direct method in which you can do this. You won’t see all the apps that you have installed through the Windows Store because the developers of those apps did not make the apps with that function.
Adding a shortcut to your Startup folder
If the above method doesn’t work for you or if the app that you want to do this with won’t support this, you can always create a shortcut of that application and drop it in your Startup folder. As you already know, this will work for both traditional desktop apps and Windows Store apps.
To do this, open the Startup Folder of the user first. All you need to do is, type in shell:startup in the address bar and then hit enter. Technically, all the shortcuts you place in this folder will be automatically launched when you sign into that particular user account.
To add such shortcut to this list, open up the Start Menu and locate the app you want to launch at startup. Just drag and drop the app’s shortcut directly from Start Menu to the Startup Folder. You cannot perform this while searching for a particular app, you’ll have to find it manually and then do this.
The process of making these shortcuts doesn’t work with the Windows store app. But, as long as you just drag and drop the shortcut directly from the Start menu to create the shortcut.
If you are just numb and prefer to copy the shortcut from File Explorer, open a second File Explorer window type shell:appsfolder in its address bar.
Now, you’ll see the list of applications that are in your Start menu. You can now drag and drop shortcuts from here directly to the Startup Folder. The catch is that you can only drag and drop one app at a time. That means you won’t be able to drag and drop multiple apps at a time.
After performing all the above-mentioned steps, Windows will now automatically run all the shortcuts from this folder when you log into your particular account. If you want to tweak something and remove some apps from launching and startup, return to Startup folder and delete that particular app shortcut.
As the trick seems so easy, you can just follow the above steps or process to launch your Windows store apps on startup. And that’s not it, you can also add your normal apps to this folder to launch them on the same condition. You can also manage the preferences such as opening your chrome in minimized and incognito mode by right-clicking on the shortcut and modifying a few settings in there.