How To Automatically Start Programs In Windows 8

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to auto start programs in Windows 8 everytime you sign in to your desktop. Without the Metro Start screen, Windows 8 is almost identical to Windows 7 in many ways. Almost anything you used to do in Windows 7 can be done in Windows 8, so this shouldn’t be something new. Besides, we’ve shown you how to make this happen in Windows 7 as well.. To read that post, please click here.

If the Metro Start screen is the first thing you see when you login to Windows 8, you won’t be able to see the startup programs. To see them, you must logon to Windows 8 Desktop. So, to make it work easily you will first want to bypass the Metro Start screen and directly sign into the Desktop. To make that happen, you may to install a tool similar to Startw8, a program that lets you bypass Metro and boot directly into Windows 8 Desktop. A tutorial on Startw8 can be found here.

When you’re ready, press the Windows Key + R to open the run dialog box. When it opens, type the command below and press Enter.





Next, right-click anywhere in the blank area and select ‘New –> Shortcut’ . The wizard lets you create shortcuts to local or network programs, files, folders, computer or Internet addresses.




Next, use the Browse button or if you know where the executable of the program you wish to start is, type it into the box as shown below and click Next.




Finally, click Finish.




Restart your computer and if you directly login in to Desktop, the program will launch automatically.


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8 thoughts on “How To Automatically Start Programs In Windows 8”

  1. But I don’t want to have to login to desktop. Is there a way for the program to launch AUTOMATICALLY (without a human doing anything) when the PC startsup?
    For example: I want the PC to auto reboot at 5:00 am each morning. When the PC restarts I want a particular program to launch.

    This was quite simple to do on previous versions of Windows, but on Windows 8 it appears to be an issue.

  2. Thanks a lot. Very useful; well-explained. It solved my problem. The questions remains, why MS obscures these types of basic necessities, leaving it to their clientele to figure it all out by themselves. Anyway, thanks again.

  3. Yay! So simple. And once you get to the directory where the startup programs are located, you can directly delete or copy in a short-cut of a program. I needed this when my time sheets switched to the new year. Thank you!

  4. You can apply this only with Windows applications / programs. Your auto start up for notepad, paint, internet explorer and so on, anything “inside” Windows will work. However, if you try to auto start for example any third party applications such as RealTemp or anything else you can think of IT WILL NEVER WORK!

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