Not able to get Task Manager to auto start on boot

  1. diverjer's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Not able to get Task Manager to auto start on boot

    Just did upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, from Windows 7 Pro. Would like task manager to start on boot in case of program hanging.

    1) I go to settings, apps, startup and have turned it on and that doesn't work. This seems like the correct and simple way- it just didn't work.

    2) I have used explore and put a shortcut for task manager in c:/users/jer/appdata/roaming/microsoft/windows/start menu/programs/startup (there wasn't one already there) and that don't work. Tested the shortcut with my own double click and shortcut is valid and works on a double click, just not on startup.

    3) Have used shell:startup which goes to same place as #2

    4) Have put in what I think would be All Users shell:common startup that doesn't work. Windows 10 explore doesn't show Appdata under All User like 7, but I believe common startup is the same. But this change does put two entries in settings,apps,startup which I enabled both and sometimes one, no combinations work on reboot.
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  2.    #2

    It needs admin permission. That's why it's harder to do.

    You could try the idea here: post #2
    How To Automaticaly Start A Program Minimized
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  3. diverjer's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    It sure is harder that 7 was, I have Admin permissions. The shortcut has full control for System, Jer and Administrators. The only other file permission the shortcut doesn't have is special permissions.

    I am missing something here that wasn't in 7 or I forgot.
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  4.    #4

    The problem is you can't directly add a shortcut like that that requires UAC permission. You can do that by adding it as a scheduled task. There's a tutorial on that.
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  5. diverjer's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    I did a schedule task once for when for when I was loggged on to run - c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe It didn't work, got an error in the scheduler that I needed elevation. Which I am thinking it doesn't like the right somewhere. I did make a batch file with the start/min c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe It works when manually running, but haven't tried putting it on a scheduled task. Doubt it will run because I can run c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe from command line, just not via the scheduler.

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    Very strange, putting the .bat file with start/min c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe as the only command worked. Not really caring for this Windows 10 Pro, it exec the bat file fine, but not the shortcut for taskmgr.exe. Both are in c:/users/jer/appdata/roaming/microsoft/windows/start menu/programs/startup Also, wouldn't run via scheduler. Guess I get it done via the dos command bat which doesn't check permissions. It works fine in all previously releases by just being in startup. Between all the auto updates and spying Microsoft tries to do, I may have to try Linux?
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86

    Put it in Task scheduler to run at logon not at system startup.

    That's what I do - see Open Task Manager in Windows 10
    As you'll notice, I also set it up to open minimised in the Taskbar - hence the Task scheduler, vbs, lnk, exe chain of events.

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