Unattended Robot Execution Interrupted With Windows Start Menu Pop Up

Why is Unattended Robot execution opening Window Start Menu Pop up and leading to process failure?

This can typically be a Windows related issue but might occur when running the process in Unattended mode, the Windows startup menu pops up and leads to a process failure. Using a hotkey for 'Esc' and 'Alt + F4' might as well not work for few scenarios and might work as expected if run in user mode.

In order to fix the issue try / implement the below recommendations:

  1. Ensure that the user Signs - Out from the VDI and do not disconnect it when closing the VDI
  2. Make sure that the Robot Setting - LoginToConsole is enabled and set to No for the Robot user in Orchestrator
  1. Ensure that the Windows is updated to date
  2. Verify that the UAC Virtualization for "StartMenuExperienceHost.exe" is set to disabled for the Robot user in Task Manager Details
  3. Restart the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHost.exe"
  4. If none of the above recommendations resolve the issue, then update the workflows running on that machine to start with a killprocess activity to the kill "StartMenuExperienceHost.exe" .

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