Where is Windows 10 Startup Folder Location?

The Windows 10 Startup Folder contains shortcuts to applications that start after you have logged in to Windows. If you want a program to start automatically you can simply add the shortcut to the program in this folder.

Before Windows 10 you could easily open the startup folder through the start menu. The startup folder is still part of the start menu structure in Windows, only you will have to open it through the explorer these days.

The startup folder isn’t the only location to start programs automatically, they can also be listed in your registry, controller through Group Policies, Tasks.

Windows Startup Folder Location

So lets first take a look at the Windows 10 Startup folder location. There are two startup folders, one personal folder and one for all users.

You can find the personal startup folder, for the current loggedin user, in the following location:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

To open the folder, simply copy and paste the URL in the address bar of your explorer. Another option is to use the following cmd in a Run Box:

  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. Type shell:startup
  3. Hit enter
Windows 10 Startup Folder Location

Startup folder for all users

The folder for all users is located at:

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

You can also open the startup folder for all users with a command:

  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. Type shell:common startup
  3. Hit enter

Windows 10 Registry Startup Location

If you are looking for applications that startup automatically to clean them up, then make sure you also check the Registry.

In the Registry there are a lot of location that can contain program to auto start. But two of them are most commonly used:

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

To open the registry:

  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. In the run box, type regedit, and press enter
  3. Paste the following path in the address bar: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Windows registry startup location programs

You see all the programs that will start automatically after you have logged in. If you want to remove a program from autostart, simply select the record and press delete.

Registry location for all users

The programs that start for all users can be found in the following location:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Only remove the programs if you know what you are doing. If you are not sure, then make first a backup of the Run folder, by right-clicking on Run (in the left pane) and select export.

This way you can alway restore it.

Task manager

In Windows 10 you can also use the Task Manager to manage the programs that auto-start. In the Task Manager, you will find all the programs and their startup impact.

Each program can simply be Disabled, or Enabled again, by simply right-click on the row.

To open the task manager press Ctrl + Shift + Escape or right-click on your taskbar and select task manager.

Windows Task manager startup

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