Kodi: How to make Kodi run on Startup in Windows


Making Kodi run on startup with Windows

If you’re using your Windows device purely for Kodi, it’s a good idea to make it run on Start Up. That means you can just switch on the PC/Laptop/Tablet and it will start straight up to the Kodi platform.

To do that, we’re going to create a shortcut for the application and put it in the start-up folder. This guide will work on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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How to make Kodi run on Start up

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Kodi. Right click it and select “Open File Location”.
  2. A shortcut for the Kodi application should open in a folder, leave it there for a moment.
  3. Hold the Windows key on your keyboard and press R whilst still holding the windows key.
  4. A new window will pop up, in the text box, type the following shell:startup
  5. A folder will open, which is the start-up folder. Copy the Kodi shortcut and paste it into this folder. When you restart your PC, Kodi should automatically open!

Make Kodi run on startup with Windows
Type shell:startup into the ‘Run’ window


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