In this Ask the Admin, I will show you how to launch a UWP app when Windows starts.
I recently moved over to the Windows Store version of Slack, which is not a true UWP app but a win32 desktop app packaged for distribution in the store. One annoyance is that there is not an option to automatically launch the app when Windows starts. I do not get notifications until I manually start the app.
According to Slack’s website, “To launch Slack whenever you start Windows, click your team name to open the Team Menu, select Preferences, click the Windows App tab, and check Launch app on login.” However, in the Windows Store version of Slack, this option is missing.
After a bit of digging around, it seems that there is not an official way to automatically launch Windows Store apps at login. With the help of the command line, you can create a shortcut that launches a UWP app from the Startup folder. There are a couple of things you should note about this method. The first is that because it uses the start.exe command to launch the app, you will see a command line prompt appear as the user logs in. It appears momentarily but then disappears. Secondly, Slack will start but it is not automatically minimized to the system tray.
To create a shortcut, you will need the app’s URL. This is easy to find in the registry.
All that is left to do is create the shortcut in the user’s Startup folder.
You will now see the shortcut in the Startup folder. Log out of Windows. When you log back in, Slack will automatically start.
In this article, I showed you how to automatically launch a UWP app when Windows starts.