I'm assuming that you've already put them into the startup folder, or you have added a startup entry in the registry, or you have gone into their settings and selected "Start with Windows" and they're still not starting; and that instead, your computer boots to the ugly, useless (in my un-humble opinion) Metro Start screen and waits for you to launch the Desktop "app" first. If that's the case, you need to download Classic Shell
. Classic Shell will bring back the Start Menu in either the Windows 2000 or Windows XP flavors; but what's really important is its option to boot to the desktop, bypassing the Start screen. Programs you put into the startup folder will automatically start right after the desktop appears. As I remember, you have to enable that option manually in Classic Shell, though.
Oh, what startup folder, you're using Windows 8! That's right, it's hidden and not drag-drop compatible in the crippled, useless Start screen. If you need to find the startup folder (i.e. the programs don't have a "Start with Windows" option), you'll be able to find it easily in the classic Start menu. First you will need to find the shortcut to the program you're trying to add to the startup folder, and then copy it to the startup folder. In the following example, I will be adding uTorrent to the startup folder:
Navigate to "Start\Programs" and find uTorrent. uTorrent should be the first program on the root, after all the folders (i.e. toward the end of the list). Right-click it and click "Copy." Alternately, you could find its icon on the desktop, right-click it and click "Copy."
Now, navigate to "Start\Programs\Startup" and right-click it, and then click "Open." Windows Explorer should open to an empty (or nearly empty) folder. Right-click in an empty area in the file pane on the right, and click "Paste."
That should do it for uTorrent, just repeat for XBMC and you're done!
Edited by Techie007 - 5/24/13 at 6:24am