1.    24 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10

    How to start an app at boot time?

    I have a need to start an app ( e.g. notepad) as soon as a certain account is used to boot Windows 10.
    Can it be done and if so how?
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  2.    24 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 826
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    "Boot" time includes when the PC is first started, goes through Power On Self Test (POST), finds the Windows boot loader, and executes it. You will eventually see the Windows login screen.At that point, you are not yet logged into Windows so, as far as I know, you can not run any Windows apps.

    What used to work (with Win8x) was dragging an app shortcut into the Startup folder, thus when you logged in, that app would automatically start.

    Don't know if that still works in Win10, though.
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  3.    25 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10

    Thanks for the reply.
    I have it working on a Windows 7 laptop and the technique you quote is what I used.
    I will have to see if it can be done that way in Win 10.
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  4.    25 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 15,666
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14955

    Hello MacNala,

    As Mark posted above, you should be able to add a shortcut of Notepad to the Startup folder of that user account to have Notepad run at startup when that user signs in.

    Startup Items - Add, Delete, Enable, Disable in Windows 10
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  5.    25 Jul 2015 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10

    Thanks for the help to get this set up.

    I did have a problem which was how to set up another user in the Windows 10. The insistence of MS in having an MVA caused me a problem as the user I was adding does not have an MVA and every time I tried to add them as a user it would reject to addition because of no MVA. It did allow me to add an outlook.com user but I could not sign in as that user (no password).

    What I had to do was go to outlook.com and sign in as myself then navigate to sign in as the other user and create a reset of the password. Then I could not understand what it meant that the other user had to be online for the first time to login to the Windows 10. So I logged in as myself opened Mail app and signed in as the other user then switched to that user and completed the account creation.

    Oh how much simpler it was in Windows 7. Create local account and bingo!!
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