So, you have built your HTPC media centre and you have setup Kodi exactly how you want it with all of your movies music and games. The only downside is having to navigate to Kodi from your Windows desktop and it takes a while before your content it available to you. If your device is used solely as a media centre then why not configure your system to autoboot kodi? With previous Windows versions this was easier to do and you could do it simply with the OS. Thankfully Launcher4Kodi is an application that simplifies this process allowing you to autostart your PC straight into Kodi. Launcher4Kodi keeps Kodi in focus and prevents other applications from interfering with your viewing. This guide shows how to autostart Kodi in Windows 10. For other operating systems visit our Guides page. A full video tutorial is provided at the end of this post.
How to Autoboot Kodi on Windows 10 – Kodi Autostart Addon
Best Storage Devices for your Movie & Music Collections
Use the following the hard drives to store your movie and music libraries:
|SanDisk||32GB, USB 3.0, Portable|
|Western Digital||2TB, USB 3.0, Portable|
|Seagate||4TB, 7200RPM, 6Gb/s, 3.5" Internal|
|Seagate||4TB, USB 3.0, Portable|
|Western Digital||4TB Network Attached|
Kodi Autostart Requirements
A full video tutorial is shown at the end of this post. There are a number of steps to this guide. To auto start Kodi you will need the following:
- A Windows PC with Kodi Installed
- The Launcher4Kodi application
- Windows auto logon configure
Before you start this guide please ensure that you have backed up your media centre. It is a good idea to backup regularly so that you can easily revert changes. [Read: How to Create a Windows 10 Image Backup of your HTPC Media Centre]
How to Autostart Kodi
In order to boot Windows 10 into Kodi you first need to configure Windows auto logon. This is where Windows boots all the way to desktop without the need for a username or password. To set this up follow our previous Windows 10 Autologon guide. Once this is configured you are then ready to install Launcher4Kodi.
You can download Launcher4Kodi @ http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=136798. At the time of posting Launcher4Kodi v4.1 is the latest available version.
The first stage in our “How to Autostart Kodi” guide is to setup Launcher4Kodi. Run the downloaded executable and complete the installation process. It will deploy the application to your PC and it will appear in your system tray at the bottom right of your Windows 10 desktop.
Right click on the Launcher4Kodi icon and select the option
Launcher4Kodi Settings GUI. This will present you with the following screen:
The above screen shot shows the
Startup Settings tab and allows you to control the behaviour of Launcher4Kodi. Ensure that the box
Start Kodi when Windows starts is ticked as shown.
The next tab is the
Focus Settings. Set
Focus Delay to 10 seconds and this will ensure that Kodi is running as the front application after all Windows processes.
The next tab is
Exit Settings and here you control what happens when you exit the Kodi application. Leave these settings as they are and your HTPC media centre will return to Windows when you close down Kodi.
We now come onto the
Kodi/iMON Path tab. Next to Kodi Path
click Select and navigate to the location that you have installed Kodi, choose the Kodi.exe executable file and
Launcher4Kodi External Players
External Players tab allows you to configure any media playing applications that may interact with Kodi. One example is a Blu-ray decoder. On our HTPCs we use [easyazon_link identifier=”B01D31718Q” locale=”UK” tag=”racirhyt-21″]CyberLink PowerDVD[/easyazon_link] for Blue-ray playback. If you use any external players it is important to configure these as if you don’t your movies will play behind Kodi and you won’t see them. For each player
click Select, navigate to the executable of the player and
click OK as shown below. Ensure that
Focus External Player is ticked because this allows your player to show on top of Kodi when it is launched. External players can be used for playing Blu-ray discs on Kodi. [Read: How to Play Blue-ray Movie Discs with Kodi]
Next we come onto the
External Apps Group tabs. Here you can configure any applications that Kodi may call upon and control how they will appear. In our example we have integrated the Big Box emulator frontend. This is an application for managing emulators and games. When we launch this within Kodi we want it to appear on top in focus because this gives your system the more complete look. For each application you have integrated into Kodi
click Select, navigate to its executable file and
click OK. Tick the
Prevent Kodi Focus box to ensure that Kodi moves to the background when the application is launched.
Finally we come onto the “Shell” tab. “Launcher4Kodi” is selected by default. This can be left as is.
You have now completed our “How to Autostart Kodi” guide. You can now close Launcher4Kodi and it will minimise to the system tray. Reboot your Home Theatre PC and it will boot straight into Kodi ready to play your media content. Interested in gaming with Kodi? [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]