StartUp and Close AnyDesk


Shutdown end restart control
Note: This article covers the Windows platform.

AnyDesk has several modes to run which affects how it is startup and closed.

  1. AnyDesk without installation. (portable)
  2. AnyDesk with installation.
  3. AnyDesk without installation but with Elevation.

Those modes determine the characteristics of AnyDesk. Generally it is to distinguish between a portable and installed setup.

AnyDesk without installation

  • AnyDesk doesn't run at startup and is therefore not reachable until startup manually.
  • AnyDesk closes completely when Main Window is closed.
  • AnyDesk cannot exist outside the User session / cannot switch to the Login Screen.
  • AnyDesk cannot restart the device and return to the Login Screen
  • AnyDesk cannot register automatically an Alias without installation.
  • Unattended access available after startup.


AnyDesk with Installation

  • AnyDesk creates a Service upon Installation which secures availability and Elevation (for AnyDesk) at Startup.
  • AnyDesk is available outside the user session / switch to Login Screen / Logout is possible.
  • To close AnyDesk one must close the control process, found in the tray of the task bar.
This will close the service as well which must be confirmed by UAC prompt.
  • AnyDesk can restart the device and return to the Login Screen.
  • Unattended access is always available.

Run AnyDesk without installation but with Elevation

There are three options to elevate AnyDesk manually when not installed:

  1. Request elevation for the remote side via the actions menu. See Elevation
  2. Run AnyDesk as Administrator via Context Menu.
  3. Create a custom client that:
    1. Automatically runs as Administrator.
    2. Doesn't allow installation.
  • AnyDesk doesn't run at startup of Windows and is therefore not reachable until executed manually.
  • AnyDesk closes completely when Main Window is closed.
  • AnyDesk can exist outside the User session / switch to the Login Screen. (runs as SYSTEM)
  • AnyDesk can restart the device and return to the Login Screen when performed from the actions menu.
  • Unattended access is available after startup of AnyDesk.