Method to open any Windows 10 Apps from command line  

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Method to open any Windows 10 Apps from command line

    Hi everyone, I am here to share how to open any Windows 10 Apps from command line.

    1. Open
    2. Find your app
    3. Right click and choose "Create Shortcut"
    4. Yes, placed the shortcut on desktop
    5. Right click the shortcut and choose "Properties"
    6. Take a look on the Target Type
    7. Open powershell (by opening start and type powershell)
    8. Type
    get-appxpackage > 123.txt
    9. Win-key + r then put "%UserProfile%" in the box and enter
    10. Open 123.txt
    11. Find the PackageFamilyName in the txt that matches with the Target Type you from the properties (You can use ctrl + f)
    12. Browse to the InstallLocation corresponded to the PackageFamilyName
    13. Open the AppxManifest.xml
    14. Look for "Executable=" for the app you want. (As some app package contains more than one app, such mail and calendar are under the same packetage)
    15. On the same line, find the ID of the app
    16 Then your command line is :
    explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\put-your-PackageFamilyName-here!put-your-app-ID-here
    Such as mail:
    explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!microsoft.windowslive.mail
                                  ^Here is the PackageFamilyName                   !^Here is the app ID
    Last edited by benny10033; 03 Mar 2017 at 21:53.
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro , XUbuntu

    followed all the steps to have a shell code to launch mail app from rainmeter.
    then i saw your example
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Have you done it? It seem fine on my side.
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro , XUbuntu

    benny10033 said:
    Have you done it? It seem fine on my side.
    yes, it worked very well. thank you
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

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    So far so good, but what about shortcuts, which were pinned to the start-menu from inside an app?
    For example, I'm using the "Zattoo" live-stream app.
    Command, which works well:
    explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\ZattooEuropaAG.ZattooLiveTV_cwpjhwd4pd0ma!App
    But, this app allows me to pin several channels to the start menu, to run them directly, without starting the app itself first.
    So I need to run the above command line with parameters...
    Where are these kinds of shortcuts stored?

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    Last edited by vel2000; 09 Apr 2017 at 04:47.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I don't know, but the solution seems to be related to something like this:

    But you have to find the parameter after the semicolon first, which I don't know where can I find.
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Could someone please post how to do this in a vbscript, for those of us who prefer vbs? Thanks!
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  10. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)

    This is great and all, however it seems that when you launch a Win10 App this way that it create additional 'Windows Explorer' processes that doesn't seem to terminate after you've closed the Win10 Apps. Any way to get around this?
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