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:
Open uTorrent > Options > Preferences and assign a boss key in the text box:
In the same windows, make sure “Start uTorrent when Windows starts” is NOT checked (this may seem counterproductive but trust me on this one):
Navigate to Start > All Programs > Start up:
Create a shortcut for uTorrent:
Open the shortcut properties, at the end of the “Target” field enter ‘/hide’:
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.
This post was first published in October 2007.