2012-03-05 01:03 PM
2012-08-08 06:03 AM - edited 2012-08-08 08:35 AM
I had the same issue, spotify prefs, registry keys, msconfig, startup folder, and 3rd party boot utilities (ccleaner, glary utilities) would not work, or was not able locate the Spotify startup files. Here are the steps if all else seems to not work.
First open Spotify if it is not already running.
(1) Delete the Spotify Icon on your desktop if you currently have one. (Any Spotify shortcuts created before completing these steps will no longer work).
(2) Open task manager (ctrl + shift + esc)
(3) Switch to Processes tab and Right-Click "Spotify.exe" and select "open file location".
(4) In this folder you should see two application files named, "Spotify" and "SpotifyLauncher".
Right click each file and add a 1 to the end of the file name.
"Spotify1" and "SpotifyLauncher1"
(5) Right click Spotify1 and select create shortcut. It should make a shortcut icon which you can drag to your desktop. (This file can be renamed to anything as long as the target is not changed).
Once this is complete, it should no longer load on startup. You can now use the created desktop shortcut to open Spotify.
Hope this helps - IS
2012-03-05 01:03 PM
2012-03-06 03:35 PM
I have looked into this a bit more. In the AppData Roaming directory for Spotify there are two files: setting and spotify.args -these both mention autostart even with the option 'off' in the SettingsPanel (as mentioned above). Please provide values for these files so that it does not autostart. I am about to uninstall and cancel. Apps should not take the liberty of autostarting. I love Spotify but want it to run when I choose to run it. This is a deal breaker.
2012-03-06 06:48 PM
Have you checked whether Spotify is set to autostart from msconfig?
Start >> Run >> msconfig.exe
(or in Windows Vista / 7 without a run command, just type "msconfig.exe" into the search box on the start menu, and hit enter when it finds the executable)
Under the start up tab look for an item called spotify, then just untick it. Save those changes and see if that fixes it?
2012-03-06 08:36 PM
Yes, even with Spotify unchecked in Startup items under msconfig the App still starts automatically after restart. The Startup Items directory is clear too and the Don't open automatically option is selected in Prefs. This is on Windows 7 SP 1 with your latest version.
2012-03-06 09:30 PM
You mentioned the settings file in AppData\Roaming\Spotify...
I've just had a look at mine (which was set to not open automatically), and found no parameter that referenced to automatic starting.
However, after changing my preferences so that spotify should open, and then exitting Spotify (to prompt it to update the settings file), I've found a parameter called: "autorun_type" has been added.
Can you check whether such a parameter exists in your settings file?
2012-03-06 10:37 PM
So with the setting of 'Dont open automatically' it seems to remove that param. When I set it to 'Open automatically' in the App it sets that param with a value of 1. 'Open auto but minimized' sets it to 2. 'Dont open' then removes the param again. I tried setting it to 3 by hand and restarting but it still autostarted and the preference was set to' Open auto but minimized' in the prefs.
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