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I can't figure out where to enable the xampp control panel start on Win 8 start up. I looked under services but I don't see an option there.

Any tips would be appreciated.


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I believe the executable for the XAMPP Control Panel is xampp-control.exe in your main XAMPP installation folder.

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run dialog and type shell:startup:


    This will take you to the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder.

  2. Simply create a shortcut there to the program and it should start up automatically with Windows.


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Thanks so much! Worked like a charm. – BustedSanta Jun 29 '13 at 16:23

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