How to run application automatically when Windows starts?



As an IT administrator, ensuring that applications run automatically when Windows starts is an important task to ensure maximum productivity. There are several ways to configure this, depending on the version of Windows and the specifics of the application. This article will cover the most common methods.

Windows 10

To configure an application to run automatically when Windows starts in Windows 10, open the Start Menu and type “Task Scheduler”. Select the “Task Scheduler” application from the search results, or use the Windows key + R shortcut to open the Run dialog and type “taskschd.msc”.

Once the Task Scheduler is open, select “Create Task” from the Actions pane on the right. You will be asked to provide a name for the task, as well as a description.

Next, select the “Triggers” tab. Click “New” to create a trigger for the task. Select “At log on” as the trigger type, and select “Any user” as the user account to run the task under.

Next, select the “Actions” tab. Click “New” to create an action for the task. Select “Start a program” from the list and click “Browse” to select the application you wish to run.

Finally, select the “Conditions” tab and ensure that the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” option is unchecked. This will ensure that the application will run even if your computer is running on battery power.

Once you have finished configuring the task, click “OK”. The next time you log in to Windows, the application will automatically start.

Windows 7

To configure an application to run automatically when Windows starts in Windows 7, open the Start Menu and type “Task Scheduler”. Select the “Task Scheduler” application from the search results, or use the Windows key + R shortcut to open the Run dialog and type “taskschd.msc”.

Once the Task Scheduler is open, select “Create Task” from the Actions pane on the right. You will be asked to provide a name for the task, as well as a description.

Next, select the “Triggers” tab. Click “New” to create a trigger for the task. Select “At log on” as the trigger type, and select “Any user” as the user account to run the task under.

Next, select the “Actions” tab. Click “New” to create an action for the task. Select “Start a program” from the list and click “Browse” to select the application you wish to run.

Finally, select the “Conditions” tab and ensure that the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” option is unchecked. This will ensure that the application will run even if your computer is running on battery power.

Once you have finished configuring the task, click “OK”. The next time you log in to Windows, the application will automatically start.

Startup Folder

Another way to configure an application to run automatically when Windows starts is to add a shortcut to the startup folder. To do this, open the Start Menu and type “Startup”. Select the “Startup” folder from the search results.

Once the startup folder is open, right-click inside the window and select “New -> Shortcut”. You will be asked to provide the location of the application you wish to run. Enter the location of the application and click “Next”.

You will then be asked to provide a name for the shortcut. Enter a name for the shortcut and click “Finish”.

Once the shortcut is created, the application will run automatically each time you log in to Windows.

Conclusion

Configuring an application to run automatically when Windows starts is an important task for IT administrators. This article has covered the most common methods for doing this in Windows 10 and Windows 7, as well as the startup folder method. With these methods, IT administrators can ensure that applications are running and available when users need them.

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