1. #21
    So I used a bit of avimanyu786's script and wrote one that works pretty well using Powershell.
    Some caveats:
    * Only tested on Windows 10
    * You need to have RemoteSigned scripts allowed to run

    The whole script is below:

    # make sure SWF is ready to go
    [void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Windows.Forms")
    # add a C# class to access the WIN32 API SetForegroundWindow
    Add-Type @"
        using System;
        using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
        public class StartActivateProgramClass {
            [return: MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.Bool)]
            public static extern bool SetForegroundWindow(IntPtr hWnd);
    # wait for Uplay launcher to start running by looking for it's PID
    $uplayRunning = Get-Process upc -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $mwhLimit = 1 # if Uplay is already running set the window limit to 1
    If ( $uplayRunning -eq $null ) {
        Do {
            Sleep 1
            $uplayRunning = Get-Process upc -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
            Start-Process "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\Uplay.exe"
        } While ( $uplayRunning -eq $null )
        $mwhLimit = 2 # if it ws not running it sets the window limit to 2
    # if it is NOT running launch it
    # OK time to start counting windows - when Uplay launches clean it has 2 windows "Loading' and the actual Uplay client
    $uplayMWH = @()
    Do {
        Sleep 1
        $mwh = (Get-Process upc -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).MainWindowHandle
        If ( $mwh -ne 0 ) {
            If ( $mwh -ne $uplayMWH[-1] ) {
                $uplayMWH += (Get-Process upc -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).MainWindowHandle
    } While ( $uplayMWH.Count -lt $mwhLimit )
    # counts the number of unqiue windows Uplay loads - again this should be 2, the last of which is the client itself
    [StartActivateProgramClass]::SetForegroundWindow($uplayMWH[-1]) # make the client the foreground (active) window
    sleep 1 
    [System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys]::SendWait("%{F4}") # now close it
    Save this as LaunchUplay.PS1 file to your C: someplace - I like c:\ps-scripts

    Set up a new Task in Task Scheduler.
    Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
    Action -> Create Task
    General Tab: Name it something useful like "Uplay Launcher"
    Triggers Tab: New...
    Begin the task: At Startup
    Delay the task for: 30 seconds
    Actions Tab: New...
    Program Script: powershell.exe
    Add arguments: -windowstyle hidden "c:\ps-scripts\LaunchUplay.ps1"
    Click 'OK'

    That's it, you're done.
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  2. #22
    Follow-up : If you are impatient and start doing things the moment Windows starts, be aware that the script isn't THAT picky. If you see Uplay launching and start working on thigs, and don't give it that 1 second it needs to set it to Foreground and ALT+F4 it, it'll clsoe whatever window you are currently in.

    I safely set that last Sleep 1 statement to Sleep -m 500 (hald a second) to help with that, but since I cannot edit my post, I have to put it here.
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  3. #23
    Thanks EvilTwinTepe that works great, I appreciate you taking the time to share this and explain how to set it up.

    Now if only I could get it to minimize Discord, unfortunately I could only get it to run Discord, powershell had a scrolling list of errors.
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  4. #24
    Is there no way to stop the script window from displaying?
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  5. #25
    Any news on this topic?
    I'm really not willing to run some scripts to get this done.

    Oh and while you're at it... please stop the client to pop-up everytime i quit a game.
    Thank you.
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