Where’s the Windows 10 Startup folder? [WE ANSWER]

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Windows 10’s Task Manager utility includes a Startup tab. That is Windows 10’s default startup manager with which users can disable startup software.

However, Task Manager’s tab doesn’t include any options for users to add programs to the startup. So, some users might look for startup settings on software windows to add new programs to the system startup.

Yet, Windows 10 includes a Startup folder that users can add programs and files to. All software and programs within that folder will run automatically when Windows starts up. That folder is buried within a series of subfolders.

Consequently, some users might wonder where exactly Win 10‘s Startup folder is.

Where is the Startup folder in Windows 10? For most users, the Startup folder is located at this address: 

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Programs\Startup.

There is also a second All Users Startup folder that should be located under:

C:\Program\Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

How to Open the Startup Folder With Run

As you can see, the full path for the Startup folder is this:

C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup.

Users will need to replace USERNAME with their actual user account name, and then enter that path in File Explorer. That path will open the folder shown in the snapshot directly below.

However, it’s better to open the Startup folder with Run. To do that, press the Windows key + R hotkey. Then users can enter ‘shell:startup’ in Run’s text box. That will open the Startup folder when users press Run’s OK button. To open the all user Startup folder, enter ‘shell:common startup’ in Run and click OK.

How to Add Software to the Startup Folder

With the Startup folder open in File Explorer, users can now add new program shortcuts to the system startup. In addition, users can also include file shortcuts within that folder.

Then the files the Startup folder includes will usually open with their default software. This is how users can add shortcuts to the Windows Startup folder.

  • Right-click an empty space within the Startup folder and select New > Shortcut.
  • Click Browse button to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
  • Select a program or document to include in the startup, and press the OK button.
  • Press the Next button.
  • Then press the Finish button. The Startup folder will now include the selected software or file.
  • The software in the Startup folder will open after you’ve restarted Windows.

How to Remove Software From the Startup Folder

Users can remove programs in the Startup folder by deleting them. To do that, select a program in that folder and click the Delete button. That will probably erase the shortcut to the Recycle Bin.

Users can also press the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut to select all shortcuts within the Startup folder. Then press File Explorer’s Delete button to erase them. Task Manager’s Start-up tab in Windows 10 will also list the programs users have added to the Startup folder.

Therefore, users can disable the programs with that utility by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

Click the Start-up tab on that utility’s window. Then users can select the required program and click Disable. Task Manager doesn’t include a Start-up tab in Windows 7. However, Win 7 users can open the startup manager by entering ‘msconfig’ in Run and clicking OK. Then select the Startup tab on the System Configuration window.

Windows 7 users can uncheck the item check boxes on that tab to disable programs starting during startup. So, that’s how users can add new software and files to Windows’ Startup folder.

However, filling that folder up will slow down the system startup. Lots of startup software will also drain system resources. Therefore, don’t add too many things to the folder.