Autostart the Launchpad

Created: Modified: Knowledge Base

Starting in GroundControl 2.8, the Launchpad has been re-engineered to autostart at login. Because of this new functionality, the Start Service button has been removed.

To have the your computer auto-login and have the Launchpad autostart, simply follow these directions:

Mac
  1. Install the GroundControl Launchpad application and register the Launchpad.
  2. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. Choose Users & Groups.
  4. Click the Lock button, then enter your account password. If you aren’t logged in as an administrator, you’re asked to enter an administrator’s name and password.
  5. From the left column, click Login Options.
  6. Choose an account from from the “Automatic login” pop-up menu, then enter the password of that account. The account is now set up to log in automatically when your Mac starts up.
  7. From the left column, click the name of the User Account.
  8. Select the Login Items tab.
  9. Click the + sign and select the GroundControl Launchpad.app (usually located in your /Applications folder).
  10. Click the Add button.
  11. Close System Preferences.
Windows
  1. Install the GroundControl Launchpad application and register the Launchpad.
  2. Click Start, type netplwiz, and then press Enter.
  3. In the User Accounts dialog box, click the account you want to automatically log on to.If it is available, clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Automatically Log On dialog box, enter the user’s password twice and click OK. The account is now set up to log in automatically when your PC starts up.
  6. Click the Start button, click All Programs, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Open.
  7. In another Explorer Window, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\GroundControl\GroundControl.exe.
  8. Right-click GroundControl.exe and then click Create Shortcut. The new shortcut appears in the same location as the Launchpad executable.
  9. Drag the shortcut into the Startup folder you opened in Step 6.