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Windows 7: Start Up folder - Why won't this program start?

22 Sep 2013   #31
A Guy

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrunkMonkey View Post
It finally dawned on me to simply try dumping the shortcut which launches SpeedFan without UAC prompt into the Startup folder in the START menu. Voila, SpeedFan runs at startup without issue.

From what I can gather, the tutorial "How to Create a Task to Run a Program at Startup and Log On in Windows 7" works for executable files, but not for launching shortcuts which point to Scheduled Tasks. However, I could be wrong...

Regardless, problem solved!
Errr, from Brink's post above

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If you like, instead of doing that, you could use the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut of SpeedFan, then place the elevated shortcut in your Startup folder.
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22 Sep 2013   #32
TrunkMonkey

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Ha! So it was. Although since I didn't see it I'm still taking credit for this great discovery

What confused me were posts #2 and #6 which both direct me to create another task to be able to run at startup. Nothing about the startup folder. I think the tutorial should be modified to mention it. Shortcuts to scheduled tasks cannot be launched at startup using tutorial "How to Create a Task to Run a Program at Startup and Log On in Windows 7". Shortcuts to executables can, however.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
However, you could use the tutorial as a workaround to create a task for an elevated shortcut that will run SpeedFan without getting a UAC prompt, then at step 23, use the "run at startup as a task" option to create another task to run the elevated shortcut from the first task.
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If so, be sure to create a second task using the run at startup as a task option to create a second task to run the elevated shortcut.
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22 Sep 2013   #33
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There is a difference between creating a task, and just placing an item in the startup folder. I think it would just be confusing to put that in a scheduled task tutorial. A Guy
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22 Sep 2013   #34
TrunkMonkey

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...unless you're trying to launch at start up a shortcut to a scheduled task (which is what you create in "How to Create an Elevated Program Shortcut without a UAC Prompt in Windows"). It would have saved me hours of dilly dallying to know prior to today that for my situation it wouldn't work. Plus, I was instructed to use a scheduled task at startup. Twice. Surely a small notation in the tutorial wouldn't be a deal breaker for folks in my situation.
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