Start uTorrent with Windows in Boss-key Mode

Make Utorrent Faster

After 8 years, uTorrent is still my “goto” torrent client and while it has gained a bit of weight after starting off as a standalone app at 170KB, it is still one of the most lightweight applications when you think of the number of tasks it accomplishes.

I came up with this guide a long time ago back when I was in high school and wanted to take advantage of the fast internet our libraries had. Not a move I’m proud of but by the looks of it, a lot of people seem to want stealth with uTorrent having it start up with windows invisible.

Here’s my updated guide on how to start uTorrent in boss key mode with screenshots for better understanding:

Step 1 – Assign a Boss Key

Open uTorrent > Options > Preferences and assign a boss key in the text box:

boss key

Step 2 – Uncheck Start  with Windows

In the same windows, make sure “Start uTorrent when Windows starts” is NOT checked (this may seem counterproductive but trust me on this one):

un-check run on start up

Step 3 – Go To Startup Programs

Navigate to Start > All Programs > Start up:

Start up folder

Step 4 – Create uTorrent Shortcut

Create a shortcut for uTorrent:

uTorrent shortcut

Step 5 – Configure Shortcut

Open the shortcut properties, at the end of the “Target” field enter ‘/hide’:

uTorrent Properties

Step 6 – Test

Save your changes and restart, you can also simply log off the user and log on. uTorrent should now be running on Boss Key mode. Try the boss key and voila!


  • If it’s starting up but without the boss key, you probably missed step 2.
  • If it’s not starting up, there’s probably a third party tool like an antivirus program that is not allowing you to set uTorrent on start up.
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Reymark Philippines - May 27, 2008

Hey, thanks, hahah! That was I was waiting for!

Javad from Iran - September 13, 2008

very thanks, I was almost dying for this (i should have guessed that there is an opttion like that
btw, this option can be used trough registry run key as well

    luq - September 14, 2008

    yeah but the startup app simplifies the process..thanks for the comment!

andrei - December 10, 2008

what is the for syntax in target location with ‘/hide’.
is this the example *”C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe/hide”*.pls help….

    luq - December 10, 2008

    there needs to be a space after ‘exe’ before ‘/hide’:

    C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe[space]/hide

      Kush - March 25, 2009

      Hi Friends !

      Kindly help me with this –

      When I type C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe /hide in the shortcuts properties (Target Box), I get the following error –

      The name C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe /hide specified in the Target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct

      Friends, please help and guide me regarding this.

      KeDs - August 15, 2009

      This is what your Target location should read “C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe” /hide

      Copy Paste the above.You had left out the opening and closing quotation marks(“)

      Luqmaan - August 15, 2009

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      lkjvgk;hvb - January 19, 2011

      hi guys i tried this too but it doesn’t work whether i put the quotation marks or not

mike - January 19, 2009

What is boss-key? Is that that you hiude the program from prying eyes?

    luq - January 19, 2009

    yes, its a key combination you can specify in your utorrent preferences, and when performed with your keyboard instantly hides/shows utorrent including the tray.

Addisu - February 9, 2009

Thanks a lot!
Very usefull explanation.

Windows Registry - February 19, 2009

what is boss key mode for?

    luq - February 19, 2009

    privacy, allows users to leave no visual indication of the program running except in the processes.

      Manny Pacquiao - February 27, 2009

      meaning if i wanted to download torrents from work but not let me boss find out? lol

      Manny Pacquiao’s last blog post..Manny Pacquiao Facts and Tale of the Tape

Digital Mastering - February 21, 2009

Anything to increase the speed of utorrent??,of course except to get a higher bandwidth internet connection.

    luq - February 22, 2009

    limiting upload speeds optimizes download speeds based on my experience.

shoe Carnival - February 27, 2009

Thanks. ^_^

Philippines - March 4, 2009

Hey Luq,
I’ve been using bitorrent but recently I’ve been getting warning from my ISP provider telling me to stop serving pirated downloads is this from using torrents? Let me know what you think.

    luq - March 4, 2009

    Majority of downloads on bittorrent networks are illegal, however if you country’s law discourages piracy it is recommended that you do not use bittorrent networks except for legit downloads like an alternate download link for a free product with no limitations.

chile travel packages - March 11, 2009

how bout bit torrent? I heard that it is more powerful than utorrent

    luq - March 12, 2009

    Bittorrent is similar to utorrent however i’d recommend utorrent as it is more lightweight and efficient in operation.

Sales Outsourcing - May 15, 2009

What sites wold you recommend for torrenting off of? I know there are a ton of sites out there for this, but have yet to find a good one.

B Brasil - August 7, 2009

Perfect! Excelent!

someone - January 21, 2011

a huge thanks. true things are a littele different with torrent 2.2 and finding the start folder in windows 7 was a pain BUT IT WORKS LIKE MAGIC. i can download peacifully now.

thanks again

charles - February 3, 2011

i feel kinda dumb asking this but i got a keyboss and stuff right but how do i get it to open
plz someone hlep i dont know how to find it

Gurtej - February 4, 2011

it works thanks ……… 🙂
do like this guys then it will surly work …………..
“C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe” /hide

don’t put /hide in comms

payam - February 20, 2011

thanks guys it worked with bittorrent too

XD - March 15, 2011

Thanks a lot man.
I have been looking for this for months.
Thanks 10000 times

mmk - April 28, 2011

thank you very very much Luke… works great.and that’s what i was looking for.
i tried registry editing too,no results.
your way is very simple and very useful.
thank you again Luke.

    Luke - April 28, 2011

    Glad I helped. Thanks for the comment.

mobinga - May 5, 2011

Oh My God. I just died. !!! Thanks

jasmine - May 8, 2011

i am confused and need further explanation.

what does this process do? it means that when i start windows it will keep running in background until i press that boss key it will be show/hide???
or when windows starts i will have to press that boss key to run utorrent?

    Luke - May 12, 2011

    The former. It will be running in the background and uploading/downloading your torrents but it will be well hidden until you press the boss key.

spidh - June 9, 2011

it works. but the download doesn’t start automatically when the pc is turned on.
how can i make download automatically and keep the boss key mode on when the pc is turned on?
please helm me…..

michael - July 15, 2011

hey… i tried it with utorrent3.0…

but when i restart my computer,it again appears in system tray….
then if i prss boss key,its working…

but the purpose is to start it in boss key mode…

what shud i do,so that it doesnt appear in system tray at start up…..

somebody plz help….

thanks in advnce…

    Luke - July 27, 2011

    Have you ticked the option in the utorrent preferences to start with windows? If so, you need to remove that option.

      michael - August 2, 2011

      thanks luke…it ws jz perfect…

      my mistakes were…

      always show system tray was ‘checked’

      and in shortcut properties ‘run’ i earlier choose i changed to normal window…

      now its working perfectly….

      thank you so much!! 😉

Hanoose - March 15, 2016

it works with /hide command also if you change the utorrent.exe to something else like ssvchost.exe or explorerr.exe it will be hidden from the taskmang process list but you must change it the name or add it on the startup items.

Jake - September 22, 2016

Worked like a charm. Thanks!

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