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I have a computer with Vista 64 and I have a problem with Skype on it. It does not start automatically. I have checked the corresponding option in the Skype settings (Start Skype when I start Windows) is ticked.

What troubleshooting steps could I try to find why it does not start?

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Duplicate of - the solution there worked for me as well. – Suma Nov 4 '10 at 10:13

I have not personally seen this issue and Skype works (And starts) on a x64 machine I use, however, apart from a repair install (in case something is corrupt), there are two options available to you:

  1. Simply place a shortcut to Skype in the Startup Program group.
  2. Set a scheduled task to launch Skype upon logon.
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In the end I did this, as everything else I have tried was unreliable. The only drawback is even if I set startup shortcut properties as run minimized, it still opens the Skype window every time. Better than not having Skype running without me knowing it, still. – Suma Jul 21 '10 at 10:09
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I have un-ticked the "Start Skype when I start Windows" option, terminated Skype, launched it and ticked it again. Since then it starts on its own. No idea what was wrong.

Well, sometimes it does start, sometimes it does not. Still no idea what was wrong or how to fix it.

The solution from has worked for me as well. To make things harder, SysInternals autoruns did not display the double backslash, only a single one, therefore I missed the problem when inspecting the issue with it. This time I have used regedit and the problem was obvious.

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