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How to Configure Application Pre-Launch in Citrix XenApp 6.5


This article contains information on how to configure Application Pre-launch in XenApp 6.5.


  • Citrix Receiver 3.0 for Windows
  • Online Plugin 13.0


Pre-launch is a new feature that helps to reduce the application starting time during peak-traffic.


Complete the following procedure to configure Application Pre-Launch in XenApp 6.5:

  • Select an application for pre-launch from the AppCenter.
  • Right-click the application and select other tasks.
  • Create pre-launch application.
  • Once complete, a new pre-launch application is added to the app list with the following icon followed by an application name:
Note: Pre-launch is available only for the application’s configured users.
  • On the client device, verify that the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Citrix\ICA Client\Prelaunch key is set as follows (Default Installation Values):
  • Close the Receiver and then re-open it.
Note: Do not start any applications.
  • Notice in AppCenter that the application is set for prelaunch.
  • The following screen shot displays a calculator that is prelaunched and ready:
  • The application is now ready to start.
  • It is a best practice to also set the folowing policies:
  • Pre-launch Terminate Timer Interval
Maximum amount of time before the pre-launch application exits (60 minutes by default).
  • Pre-launch Disconnect Timer Interval
Amount of time before the pre-launch application disconnects the session (60 minutes by default)

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