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

You may want to add a program to startup in Windows 10 and make it automatically launch when the PC boots. By the way you can do the same even with a document, URL address or folder if you need. Here is how to find the startup folder for a particular user and the startup folder for all users 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 Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10

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

  1. Press Win+R
  2. Type
    shell:startup
  3. Press Enter:Windows 10 startup folder
  4. Copy the shortcut of a program or document:add-app-to-startup003
  5. Paste the shortcut to startup folder:add-app-to-startup004

This is how it should be:

add a program to startup in Windows 10

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

If you wish the program to run at startup in all users accounts place a shortcut in common startup folder. In Windows 10 its default location is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
  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 The Startup Folder

  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

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

10 comments

  1. If you substitute C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    for
    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 🙂

  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 😉

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