Setting Native windows 10 apps to open on startup


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New Poster here. Please let me know if I'm doing this incorrectly.

Basically the title. I'm specifically trying to set the Alarms & Clock app to open on startup but whenever I right-click a windows 10 native app (alarms and clock, calculator, etc.) to open the file location under "more" where it is on other apps, it isn't there. Any insight on how I can work around this? Ideally, I'd like it if I could set a timer to auto-run from startup but I feel like I might be reaching for that one with my pretty limited technical knowledge. Thanks in advance for your help and time.
 

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It's certainly do-able, but it's not easy ;).
  • Open File Explorer and browse to "shell:AppsFolder"
  • Find your native app (i.e. Alarms & Clock), right click it and create a shortcut (it'll send it to the desktop).
  • View the properties of the new shortcut and copy the "target" line for the app. It looks like Alarms & Clock has a target of:
    Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
You can use this ID to run an app from the command line as follows:

Code:
explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
The following method may also work:
Code:
shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
Now that you've got the a path to run the app, you can use "Task Scheduler" to create a task which will run the path above to launch on boot, after a small delay. If you search for Task Scheduler in the search bar, the "Create task" wizard is quite self explanatory (the "trigger" is beginning the task at login, with a delay of your choice and the "action" is the 1st command line path from above). I'm happy to provide screenshots for this step if needed, just let me know :).
 
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No problem :). Once you're run task scheduler (search for it in the search bar), here are the steps to take:

1) Click "Create Task" from the task scheduler side bar:

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2) Give it a name of your choice:

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3) Go to the "triggers" tab and add a new trigger. Select "at log on" and add a delay of your choosing and click OK:

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4) Click the "Actions" tab to select and choose to "start a program". Use "explorer.exe" as the program name, with the argument "shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" to signify the Alarms and Clock app. Click OK when you're done.

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5) Save the task, then log off/on to test it :). I've tested it on my machine and it works well.

6) Pour yourself a well earned coffee :D.
 

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