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I opened shell:startup, copied link to my program there, rebooted - and my program didn't start with Windows.

But, when I open shell:startup and double click on that link - the program starts.

Is there any switch I need to check to tell Windows 8 start programs on startup?

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Open MSConfig and make sure the Normal Startup is checked

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no, "selective startup" is chosen. I pick "normal startup", click "Ok", and when I go to msconfig again - it still has "selective startup" selected. any suggestions? – Serhyi Vynohradov Feb 26 '13 at 2:47
it's now "normal startup" but program still didn't start automatically – Serhyi Vynohradov Feb 26 '13 at 2:56
Interesting. It could be some registry or group policy setting. Is this a company computer or perhaps someone manage this pc for you? Antivirus or system utilities could also block it for protecting your PC. – Martheen Cahya Paulo Feb 26 '13 at 3:03
What happen if you put simple file (not shortcut, but the file itself) inside the startup folder? Say, a text file should launch notepad opening that file. – Martheen Cahya Paulo Feb 26 '13 at 3:07
hm.. just copied a .txt file there - and it got opened by Notepad. but a shortcut still didn't work. You think a problem can be with my program and I should try to post it in StackOVerflow? – Serhyi Vynohradov Feb 26 '13 at 3:22

I know Winodws 8 does disable some startup items if the impact on boot is high. You can verify if Windows or any other tool has disable this particular/all startup entries by looking up the new tab in Windows 8.

Task Maanger (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) > Start-up. You can know if any start up has been disabled.

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Did Windows 8 disable them automatically? – Martheen Cahya Paulo Feb 26 '13 at 3:47
I remember once a dialog had come up asking what to do. An explicit input was to be given. But I feel, may be some setting in windows or some other software could make those decision implicit. It is just a possibility. Checking the status now 'enabled/disabled' can help in eliminating this as a potential issue. – S Rahul Bose Feb 26 '13 at 3:50
Yea, setting the MSConfig to normal startup does the same thing. Windows only display the impact… but will never automatically kill those with high impact. Why? Because every antivirus will marked with high impact, and if Microsoft killed those, say without digital signature from Microsoft declaring it as antivirus thus requiring the exemption, EU would force Microsoft to put yet another "choice screen" for antivirus – Martheen Cahya Paulo Feb 26 '13 at 3:58
@MartheenCahyaPaulo Thank you. – S Rahul Bose May 5 '13 at 18:33

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