Windows 10 Startup Folder Location. Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10

Not all programs  have such an option in settings that lets you enable or disable the automatic start of the program when you turn on your PC. But you may want to add programs to startup in Windows 10 and make them automatically launch when the PC boots up to a user account. By the way, it’s not only about apps. You can do the same even with a document, URL address or folder if you need. Here is an ultimate guide on how to find the startup folder for a particular user or for all users and make a program run at startup in Windows 10. 

Before we start explaining the boring process it should be mentioned that some programs have a special option in their settings called “load when Windows starts”, “launch when system starts” or something alike. Thus, all you need to do is go to the program’s setting, enable the auto-start option and that’s all. No shortcuts needed:

start app when Windows starts

Make program run on startup in Windows 10

For programs that don’t have such parameter read the rest of the tutorial on how to find the startup folder and change startup programs in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Startup Folder Location

If you want to add a program, URL or document to startup you should place its shortcut to user startup folder. By default it is located in:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

How to Quickly Open the Startup Folder in Windows 10, 8, 7

Method 1

  • Copy this address:%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • Press Win+E to open Windows 10 Explorer.
  • Paste it into the address bar: programs-startup path
  • Hit EnterWindows 10 startup folder

Method 2

Another way to open Windows 10 startup folder is to use the Run dialogue:

  • Press Win+R
  • Type
  • Click OK or press Enter:Windows 10 startup folder

How To Add Programs To Startup In Windows 10

You may put shortcuts to various items into this directory. But be cautious: adding too many programs to the startup folder can make your PC boot slowly (especially if you are still using a classic hard disk drive as your system disk).

Perform the following steps:
STEP 1. Open the Startup Folder using any method explained above.
STEP 2. Copy a program, app, folder, document, link or anything else:add-app-to-startup003
STEP 3. Paste the shortcut to startup folder:add-app-to-startup004
This is how it should look like:add a program to startup in Windows 10

How To Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10 For All Users At Once

If you wish to set a program to run on startup for all users accounts, create its shortcut in common startup folder. In Windows 10 its default location is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

You can open it by the path: %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or using the Run dialogue as we explain below.

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type
    shell:Common Startup
  3. Press Enter:add-app-to-startup021
  4. Copy the executive file or document.
  5. Use Paste or Paste shortcut to place one to Common startup folder:add-app-to-startup022

Alternative Method To Create A Shortcut In Startup Folder On Windows 10

  1. Right-click the empty area and select New -> Shortcut:add-app-to-startup011
  2. Browse the file or folder or enter URL and press Next:add-app-to-startup012
  3. Give a name to your new shortcut and press OK:add-app-to-startup013

How to Make Modern Apps Run on Startup in Windows 10

You can also add Modern apps from Microsoft Store to startup folder. Follow the steps:

    1. Open the startup folder: press Win+R, type shell:startup, hit Enter.
    2. Open the Modern apps folder: press Win+R, type shell:appsfolder, press Enter.
    3. Drag the apps you need to launch on startup from the first to the second folder and select Create shortcutadd app to startup Windows 10

Now restart your computer and check if your program, app or another item you specified runs correctly as you log in to the user account (or as soon as your PC signs in automatically as we explained here).

Recommended to read: How to turn off the password request in Windows 10, 8, 7


  1. If you substitute C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    you don’t have to enter in your username, it will automatically do it 🙂

    1. ye or simply use %appdata% then u won’t have to enter username and any previous folder location part before roaming/microsoft 😉

  2. You can also skip that and just do
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    The Environment Variable for Username\AppData\Roaming is just %AppData%

  3. You could also skip all of that and do what the post says, which is to type in “shell:startup”.

  4. Or you can skip all that and just stick with Win7.

    * yes, I know 10 is better, just wanted to add my very much unwanted 2 cents.
    Not like I can buy anything with it anyway 😉

  5. How do you add startup or Boot Parameters to the Modern App once it boots up? Like say there is a button on the app that says START. How do I get the Launch Parameters to hit the Start Button Mouse or Hands Free?

  6. U are so Wrong with “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup” i finally found the folder where the shortcuts actually are since the one i could see when going to ” task manager” -> “Start” was no showen in the one u link but dont go into ur “username” but go back to “C:\Users\All Users\Start menu\Programs\start\” ..So
    C:\Users\All Users\Application Data\Menuen Start\Programs\StartUp

  7. “Open the startup folder: press Win+R, type shell:startup, hit Enter.
    Open the Modern apps folder: press Win+R, type shell:appsfolder, press Enter.
    Drag the apps you need to launch on startup from the first to the second folder”

    It’s the other way around – from the second to the first

  8. If your system admin has prevented use of Ctrl+R to get to the command window, and if you don’t have the admin password if the UAC comes up, or as Method 3: open File/Windows Explorer and in the address bar (file path) enter “shell:startup” to get to the current user’s startup directory. Or “shell:common startup” to get to the system’s startup menu. (The double-quotes are not needed.)

  9. but how do i open desktop’s hotspot automatically when computer is start…..
    plz give any tips

  10. By far the easiest and most helpful advice I found on this topic!! Thanks for making the task of adding a program to my startup so EASY and painless! 🙂

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