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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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.
Windows + R and run
You will see all apps in this window. Create a shortcut to the desktop, then copy that shortcut to the startup folder available at
shell:Startup or found at the following location:
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)
wlpeople: ms-mail: for your mail client
Press Windows + r
Copy all the apps you want into there.
To find an apps location
Go to the Start Menu
Find your app
Open file location
(NOTE: If there is no open file location button it can't be launched at startup)
Then highlight the app and copy it Ctrl + C then paste it in the
shell:startup foler by doing Ctrl + V
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: http://www.thefakegeek.com/2013/12/how-to-run-skype-on-startup-in-windows-8-and-8-1/