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28 Jun 2014   #1
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Start minimized

I'm looking for a way or program for Windows XP and Windows 7 that will autostart a program on windows startup and run it minimized. I tried making a shortcut to the Startup folder and program starts in open window again. Specifically i tried Skype and i need the way or program for Skype because the autostart feature goes away once a while.


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28 Jun 2014   #2
Kari

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To start a program minimized, open its shortcut properties and select Run: Minimized:
Start minimized-2014-06-28_14h42_19.png
In case of Skype you don't need to manually put it in Startup folder. Simply set it to run when Windows is started and it will automatically run minimized:
Start minimized-2014-06-28_14h41_10.png
You might also want to prevent Skype showing in Taskbar when its running minimized in notification area:
Start minimized-2014-06-28_14h45_31.png
Kari


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28 Jun 2014   #3
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
To start a program minimized, open its shortcut properties and select Run: Minimized:
Attachment 323462
In case of Skype you don't need to manually put it in Startup folder. Simply set it to run when Windows is started and it will automatically run minimized:
Attachment 323463
You might also want to prevent Skype showing in Taskbar when its running minimized in notification area:
Attachment 323464
Kari
I have a problem with a friends pc that he brings me continually his pc for ticking the 'Automatically start with Windows' selection on Skype because it unticks by itself so i want to run Skype on Windows startup manually. He has a Windows XP OS because his machine is very old and slow to run anything newer.
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28 Jun 2014   #4
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
To start a program minimized, open its shortcut properties and select Run: Minimized:
Attachment 323462
In case of Skype you don't need to manually put it in Startup folder. Simply set it to run when Windows is started and it will automatically run minimized:
Attachment 323463
You might also want to prevent Skype showing in Taskbar when its running minimized in notification area:
Attachment 323464
Kari
I also modified its shortcut like you said and still Skype dos not run minimized and runs at open window.
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28 Jun 2014   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I would try this:
  • Delete the Skype shortcut from Startup folder
  • Uninstall skype
  • Reboot
  • Reinstall Skype, set it to run when Windows starts from Skype settings, do not manually add anything to Startup
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28 Jun 2014   #6
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I would try this:
  • Delete the Skype shortcut from Startup folder
  • Uninstall skype
  • Reboot
  • Reinstall Skype, set it to run when Windows starts from Skype settings, do not manually add anything to Startup
I already did. I also tried this by re-installing two times and installing again the Windows XP Professional 32-bit.
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28 Jun 2014   #7
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Maybe it's XP????
You could try a scheduled task that launches Skype (minimized shortcut) that is triggered at login.
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29 Jun 2014   #8
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Maybe it's XP????
You could try a scheduled task that launches Skype (minimized shortcut) that is triggered at login.
Do you know of an app?
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29 Jun 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

An app??

I suggested using Task Scheduler, a native Windows utility, to manage a shortcut that runs minimized and is triggered at the user login.

Task Scheduler How-To

Kari previously described the shortcut.
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29 Jun 2014   #10
marios1441

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
An app??

I suggested using Task Scheduler, a native Windows utility, to manage a shortcut that runs minimized and is triggered at the user login.

Task Scheduler How-To

Kari previously described the shortcut.
Do you know where to download this app?
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