Register this program for restart checkbox under compatibility?


  1. Posts : 701
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #1

    Register this program for restart checkbox under compatibility?


    So i was setting up a program to run as admin on my laptop, when i noticed a checkbox under that tab id never seen before anywhere else.

    I immediately checked another program, and its there as well.

    This isnt present on my two desktops - and so it leads me to believe its either a native-to-laptops thing, or something with my install (or windows version as its on an insider build?)

    Properties > compatibility tab > right below "run as administrator" is "Register this program for restart"

    Is that the whole new/mac-like re-open me upon restart if i was already running, thing thats on the horizon?
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  2. das10's Avatar
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    Win 10 pro 20H2
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    Seems like it (a new feature coming in 20H1).

    "On Windows 10 20H1, if you right-click a program, click Properties, and then click the Compatibility tab, you can enable "Register this program for restart.""

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  3. Posts : 701
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    das10 said:
    Seems like it (a new feature coming in 20H1).

    "On Windows 10 20H1, if you right-click a program, click Properties, and then click the Compatibility tab, you can enable "Register this program for restart.""

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    Sounds "kinda" nice. Outside of the whole, have to enable it for each and every program evidently?

    also, how it behaves if say, you have something set to open at startup in the conventional way, or via shortcut folder. For a current example, i have been having file explorer open on my 2nd monitor via shortcut in my startup folder since the beginning of time.

    I JUST now found out that you can actually have file explorer re-open to the folders you were working from after a restart automatically via the options.

    This was great as I use groupy, and sometimes have 5 explorer tabs open working across folders, every restart would open 1 tab, bare naked file explorer and id have to get things back in line with my workflow manually.

    the option resolved that, but with the caveat that the startup shortcut still fires off and adds 1 bare naked tab each time after each restart that i eventually have to close myself.

    removing that would be a workaround, but then if i ever restarted and had to close all my windows (say for a graphics driver installation) id be left with no explorer at all and have to re-open it manually anyhow.

    its a pick your battles situation I guess.

    id love a global flag to re-open anything you leave open when you restart, while cross referencing somehow for doubles. Like a mini hibernation file.

    Or steam. I have a steam startup shortcut as i need it to open with a few launch parameters. it seems that feature would try to open two steams.

    who knows, I guess we'll see in a few months.

    Sorry for the tangent and thanks for the confirm and the link :)
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I see that "feature" only on my IP/Insider Preview computer, not on the 3 RTM Desktops and 1 RTM Notebook I've just updated to Build 18363.657.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 19,200
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Some apps are already registered by default to restart if left open at shut down. These include all versions of MS Office, Internet Explorer (but not Edge), Firefox, Task Manager, even Wordpad (but not Notepad).

    The ability for W10 to restart such apps was quietly introduced in the Fall Creators Update (1709). This caused a lot of confusion because a) MS didn't tell us, and b) there were no controls for this behaviour.

    on a restart Fall Creators Update reopens apps from before

    In 1803 a method of turning off the automatic restart was added...

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17040: Based on your feedback, the feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you reboot or shutdown (through power options available on the Start Menu and various other locations) has been set to only occur for users that have enabled “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting my device after an update or restart” in the Privacy section under Sign-in Options Settings.
    Use sign-in info to auto finish after Update or Restart in Windows 10

    So it looks like, after more that two years, 20H1 is finally getting the controls that should have been there from the beginning. And yes, most UWP apps will automatically be registered.

    This new Restart apps setting has been separated from the old Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart setting.


    Starting with Windows 10 build 18990, in addition to registered desktop apps, when you opt into this setting, the majority of open UWP apps are now also automatically restarted as well. To reduce sign-in time, UWP apps are restarted minimized, in a suspended state, giving Windows and other apps more resources to get started.
    Turn On or Off Automatically Restart Apps after Sign In in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 701
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    hmmm. I had assumed thats what that setting "use my sign in info..." did, yet it never worked for me.

    I remember reading it only works with certain apps, and only after windows restarts due to an update.

    Mac on the other hand will take a literal snapshot of your desktop, and you'll be returned just as you were after a restart.

    Hoping thats how this ends up functioning but the wording makes it sound like it simply auto-starts apps that were already open so you dont have to re-open them. Then again, id have to imagine it saves work or else it would be almost useless considering most apps have a "start with windows" box.

    Unless someones making heavy use on an insider build - sounds like a wait n see. Has potential to be helpful though.
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