I tried to run Skype.exe but it is not found. There is also no location properties on skype icon in start panel. I would like to trigger it after startup. In Skype settings i did not find this option.

skype icon without location information

skype process can not open file location, because it is grayed

I tried to run Skype from WindowsApp (I took ownership of the folder), but I am getting this error 3

I realized that this Skype version is from Microsoft Store.

  • The path to Skype for Windows 10 should be something like this: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SkypeApp_<version>_<architecture e.g. x64>__<random string> – Nordlys Jeger Sep 4 '18 at 6:37

There are two ways to do that. Either by editing the Environment Variables to add the location of Skype and then launch it by typing Skype.exe

or by adding a shortcut of Skype.exe on the Startup Folder. C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

  • Thank you, but the problem is that i dont know where is the Skype located ? I dont have it in Control Panel > Programs, neither in Program files folder :/ – user939479 Sep 1 '18 at 11:50
  • When you launch Skype, if you right click on its taskbar icon and then properties, you can find the location of Skype in the Target field. imgur.com/a/6Gps8Sy – Sonamor Sep 1 '18 at 16:35
  • Sonamor: but to create that shortcut i need to know the location. – user939479 Sep 4 '18 at 6:12
  • I vs just told you how to find the location?!? – Sonamor Sep 4 '18 at 6:56
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    You dont understand, but i accept your answer as general solution. – user939479 Sep 9 '18 at 23:31

Becaue Skype is installed from Microsoft Store, i had to create shortcut from application folder

  1. Win + R
  2. shell:AppsFolder
  3. Create shortcut to Skype
  4. Do whatever we need. Put it into startup folder for example.



You should have the ability to select "Automatically Start Skype" from settings, in Skype. Click the ellipsis next to your name, and the settings window displays. Select 'General', and turn on "Automatically Start Skype": Skype_Settings

If you don't see this for some reason, I would create a task to start the program at startup:

  1. Click the Windows icon, and in the search box/Cortana type "Task Scheduler"
  2. In the header menu bar, click 'Action'> 'Create Task...'
  3. Once the new windows displays, select "Run whether user is logged on or not", "Run with highest privileges", and provide a name (i.e. "Skype_on_startup")
  4. Select the tab titled "Triggers", and select New
  5. At the top, click the drop down next to "Begin the task", and select "At Startup"
  6. Then select "Enabled" at the bottom, and finally the OK button
  7. Select the tab titled "Actions", and select "New"
  8. In the drop down box, next to "Action:", ensure "Start a Program" is selected
  9. Next, click the "Browse" button, and navigate to where Skype is installed (i.e C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype.exe)
  10. Single Click "Skype.exe", and click "Open"
  11. Once complete, click "OK" at the bottom. You may need to provide your credentials.

Alos, you will likely need to run "./Skype.exe", from it's location in Program Files (x86), in command line/power shell. I don't believe Skype logs it's path, so "Skype.exe" isn't really a command.

  • Thank you, the problem is that i dont know where is the Skype located ?! I dont have it in Control Panel > Programs neither in Program files folder :/ About settings, i have total different skype settings window which dont have this option. – user939479 Sep 1 '18 at 11:49

to open Skype from run is:

Windows + R

type lync

press enter or click OK


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