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I want to know where the Metro applications (Mail, People, Messages, ...) executable file path is.

Also, how can I run Mail application when my PC starts?

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They all exist or will exist Windows 8 has not actually been release to everyone. Have you check the indivual program's settings? – Ramhound Sep 12 '12 at 14:00
@Ramhound I have checked, there's no Run on startup option in the Settings. – DatVM Sep 12 '12 at 14:02
I'm probably going to download Windows 8 in a little bit - once I tinker around with it for a while and find a solution, I'll let you know. – cutrightjm Sep 12 '12 at 18:07
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The answer from vhanla (Nov 1, '12) has a problem: you're only launching the default application. For example, if I run mailto: then Outlook opens, not Mail.

In Windows 10, there's another way:

If you open the start menu and All Apps, you can normal click and drag (left click) a modern app, to create a shortcut. It doesn't work if you typed the name of the app into search, but it works if you browse to All Apps.

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There are some tricky ways to start these Windows 8 applications, you need to find out its special name and since you cannot launch them with their executable (it only can be run from within Modern UI environment) but this is one way to start some of them.

To launch the calendar application:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "wlcalendar:"

To launch the people application:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "wlpeople:"

You can try them from the Win+R as it is launched using cmd.exe

Here a list of some of them I found:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "xboxgames:"

Just look for their names in Windows registry:




If they contain their default value with data like the following:


Try with that name with the command shown above.

And just make a shortcut and place it inside Startup folder

Win+R -> shell:startup -> intro

Some of the application cannot be found there, so this is the only method I know for the moment.

[UPDATE] And since those ":" <~ seems like calling a URL and its value contains URL: you can just use its name to launch them.

Example: (try it with Win+R just write its name and hit enter)


ms-mail: for your mail client
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Thanks, that's working for me, but do you know if there's any way to start Metro apps like that but not moving to them, only opening them in the background, but staying on the desktop? – paradroid Mar 20 '13 at 17:24
@paradroid I doubt that there is an "official" way to do so. One workaround would be to automatically switch to the desktop after having launched the app. – ComFreek Dec 31 '13 at 17:35

Windows 10 Simple way.

Windows+R run 'shell:AppsFolder'

You will see all apps in this windows, Create shortcut to the desktop. Then copy that shortcut to the startup folder

C:\Users{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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This is the method I would use:

  1. Put your Mail app in the upper left hand corner of your screen
  2. When you log in, hold the enter key - it will take you directly to the app.

From what I have read, you can not add a Metro app to autostart because it is an executable - however, there is a program called ClassicShell that somehow integrates the Metro apps into the start button that ClassicShell provides. If you don't DL ClassicShell, I'll check in a bit to see if one of these apps can be set as a scheduled task - I am running memtest on my desktop right now, so I am not able to check.

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You can easily create a shortcut to the metro app and then place that shortcut into the startup folder.

To have Skype (or any other app autorun when you turn on your computer) simply follow the instructions listed in order here:

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Canadian Luke Dec 31 '13 at 17:53

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