How to Locate the Startup Folder(s) in Windows 10/8/7.

The Startup folder in Windows, is the location where are stored all the shortcuts of applications that start with Windows. There are two different startup folders in Windows: there is a startup folder which contains all the applications that runs for all users, and there is a different startup folder, which contains only the applications that run for the current user.

This tutorial contains instructions on how to locate the startup folders in Windows 10, 8 or 7 OS, in order to manage (add or remove) the applications that starting with Windows.

How to View the Windows Startup Folder(s) – Programs. *

* Note: If want to manage the startup apps (Store Apps) in Windows 10, navigate to:

  • Go to Start menu image, click Settings image and then click Apps -> Startup.

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To Navigate to "All Users" Startup Folder.

If you want to locate the folder that contains all the applications which run automatically at Windows startup, for all the user accounts, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following path: *

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

* Note: To view the "ProgramData" folder in Windows Explorer, you must enable the hidden files view.

TIP: To make your life easier, you can use the following way to navigate to above location:

    1. Press Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
    2. In the Search box, type: shell:common startup & click OK

How to Locate the Startup Folder for All Accounts (Users)

 

 

To Navigate to "Current Account" Startup Folder.

If you want to locate the startup folder that contains all the applications which run automatically at Windows startup, for the current user account (only), open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following path: *

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

* Note: To view the "AppData" folder in Windows Explorer, you must enable the hidden files view.

TIP: Here, is another easier way to navigate at the above location:

    1. Press Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
    2. In the Search box, type: shell:startup & click OK

 How to Locate the Startup Folder for current Account

 

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