How to automatically start applications on boot

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For users of our virtual desktop hosting services operating on both Windows, ensuring that specific applications automatically start upon boot is critical. Should your virtual desktop instance restart due to maintenance, updates, or unforeseen challenges, this setup guarantees the auto-resumption of your vital applications. This guide will provide a comprehensive walkthrough to set up auto-start applications in both Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Two easy methods to start applications on boot

Using the Startup Folder

This method is similar for both Windows 10 and 7.

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the 'Run' dialog box.
  2. Type shell:startup and press Enter. This will direct you to the Startup folder.
  3. Now, drag and drop the shortcut of the desired auto-start application into this folder. If there's no existing shortcut, create one by right-clicking the application's .exe file, choosing 'Create shortcut', and then moving it to the Startup folder.

Using the Task Scheduler

This method is similar for both Windows 10 and 7.

  1. Press the Windows key or click the 'Start' button. Type “Task Scheduler” in the search box and select it from the list.
  2. Once the Task Scheduler interface is up, go to the Actions pane on the right side and choose “Create Basic Task…”.
  3. In the "Create Basic Task Wizard", give your task a name and, optionally, a description. Then, click “Next”.
  4. Opt for the “When the computer starts” trigger from the available triggers list. Click “Next”.
  5. In the subsequent "Action" step, select “Start a program” from the available actions. Click “Next”.
  6. On the "Start a Program" page, click the “Browse” button to find and choose the executable (.exe) file of the application you wish to auto-start. Once chosen, click “Next”.
  7. Review the setup of the task you’ve configured to ensure its accuracy. Once you've confirmed everything is as desired, click “Finish” to complete the task creation.


  • Ensure your virtual desktop instance is equipped with the necessary resources (RAM/CPU) to accommodate the auto-starting applications.
  • Some applications might possess in-built settings for launching with Windows. It's recommended to check the application's settings first.
  • If you're contemplating third-party software, prioritize selections from credible sources to prevent potential security issues.


Automating the launch of crucial applications on your Windows virtual desktop can facilitate seamless operations even post-reboots. By following the outlined methods above, users can foster a reliable and efficient virtual workspace.

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