As Windows begins to transition to modern, “Universal” applications (that are often designated as such by the acronym UWP for Universal Windows Platform) over legacy Win32 applications, sometimes simple tasks take on added complexity.
To wit, a common request I’ve heard is “How do I get a Universal App to startup each time I login?”
This functionality hasn’t yet been exposed in the GUI, even for Windows Insiders running in the fast ring, so to do so you’ll need to open two special folders within your environment, the first, the default startup folder, and the second, the folder containing all of your Universal Apps. Then you’ll simply drag a shortcut from one to the other. Let’s get going!
The first thing you’ll do is run the command “shell:Startup” in the run box. This will give you access to all the applications that run upon startup.
As you can see, I’ve got two traditional Win32 applications (OD4B and OneNote) and a UWP application, Skype Preview. Let’s add another to the mix. To do so, we’ll need to run the command “shell:appsfolder” to get a list of all applications, both Win32 and UWP.
Now that we can see a list of all applications, you’ll notice the UWP apps are shaded white in my version of Windows 10 (14393).
Let’s go ahead and grab the Twitter UWP application and then drag it into the startup folder.
That’s it! Now, moving forward, each time I start Windows, Twitter will launch so that I can begin using it. I’m sure a few of you are thinking “well, this sounds useful but I bet I could just make a shortcut inside that folder and point to the application”. I’ll leave you with what the shortcut looks like after you’ve performed these steps, and wish you the best of luck!