How to run a batch file each time the computer boots

Batch fileIt may be necessary to run a batch file to configure computer devices or delete or copy files each time the computer boots to help the computer run more efficiently or allow a device to run.

Windows 98, XP, NT, 2000, Vista, and later users

  1. Create a shortcut to the batch file.
  2. Once the shortcut has been created right-click the file and select Cut.
  3. Click Start, Programs, right-click the Startup folder and click Open
  4. Once the Startup folder has been opened click Edit and paste the shortcut into the startup. Any shortcuts in the startup folder will automatically start each time Windows starts.

Windows 95, 3.x, and MS-DOS users

Place a line in your autoexec.bat that calls the batch file each time you want to boot the computer, as shown below.

CALL C:\myfile.bat

In the above example each time your computer starts and processes the autoexec.bat file it will call the batch file myfile.bat.

Additional information

  • See our batch file definition for further information and related links.