Tray icon (& backups) not running at startup

I know there are a couple of threads that touch on this, but I’m still baffled.

In Windows 10, & Duplicati

If I search from the start menu & click the tray icon manually then it fires up, and my backups run.

But it never runs on its own at startup. In Task Manager it shows as “enabled” on the startup tab. I’m logged on as an admin.

I can see the link in my startup folder and it’s pointing to the correct location in C:\Program Files\Duplicati 2\duplicati.gui.trayicon.exe

That does sound odd. First, though, “startup” means user login time unless you set a Windows service. Assuming that’s OK, are other things in your startup folder starting? Maybe Duplicati started and died?

--log-file="C:\<path-that-this-user-can-write>" --log-file-log-level=Information
appended to the startup shortcut Target field might show something if it started, then managed to say:

2020-01-18 14:47:20 -05 - [Information-Duplicati.Server.WebServer.Server-ServerListening]: Server has started and is listening on, port 8200

and perhaps you’ll see some other errors. If the file isn’t written at all, it either died too fast or didn’t run.

If your system has another account (possibly an admin account, otherwise visibility might be poor), you could set that account up to run Sysinternals Process Monitor to see Duplicati file actions at your logon. Compare the manual start that works with what you see when the at-login startup doesn’t seem to start.