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Enabling Application Boot at Start with Windows 11

Windows 11 offers a user-friendly built-in functionality that allows applications to restart upon booting. These are called startable applications, an attribute that streamlines efficiency and productivity by minimizing time and enhancing convenience. However, as useful as this feature is, it’s not activated by default and requires user intervention for initial setup.

How to Enable Startable Applications in Windows 11

Let’s breakdown how you can turn on this feature.

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Navigate to the Accounts tab using the left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Under the Accounts settings section, click on ‘Sign-in options’.
  4. Scroll downwards to Additional settings, and flip the toggle switch labeled – ‘Automatically save my startable apps and start them when I sign back in.’

By enabling this setting, any eligible and running startable applications will automatically restart the next time you sign in to your computer post shutdown. However, be judicious when choosing your applications to restart, as it may extend your boot duration considerably.

Checking Eligibility of Startable Apps

After the initial setup, determining the eligibility of applications to become startable can be done as follows.

  1. Open Task Manager using the keyboard combination CTRL + Shift + ESC.
  2. In the left-hand navigation bar of Task Manager, click on the ‘Startup apps’ tab.

Task Manager will show you which applications are registered and enabled as startable. By right-clicking each listed app under the status column, you can modify the restart behaviour to match your needs.

Registering Third-Party Apps as Startable

Third-party apps can also be registered as startable with the following steps.

  1. Go to the installation folder of your chosen application using File Explorer.
  2. Locate the .exe file for the application and right-click it to reveal the file’s context menu.
  3. Click on ‘Properties’ under ‘Show more options’, and then, click on the ‘Compatibility’ tab.
  4. Place a checkmark in the box next to ‘Register this program for restart.’
  5. Finalize the process by clicking on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.

When successfully done, the system will register the application and enable the restart feature. Notwithstanding, be aware that not all applications have the capacity to receive restart status. Therefore, the ability to add third-party software to your list of startable apps might be somewhat restrictive.

In conclusion, Windows 11’s startable applications feature can significantly simplify your routine, enabling you to dive into your daily tasks with less time wasted on manually starting essential programs. Keep in mind, however, that the applications you choose to auto-start should be wisely selected, due to the potential extended boot duration.