Where is the Windows Startup folder located?
The version of Windows on your computer may change the location of the Startup folder. Therefore, we've put together a listing of the default locations of the Startup folder in all versions of Windows.
In early versions of Windows, the startup folder can be found by clicking on the Start and going into the Programs folder. All recent versions of Windows can now find the startup folder by using Windows Explorer.
Windows 8 and 10 users can quickly see what programs are starting up and enable or disable those programs through the Startup tab in Task Manager.
Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 users
For an individual user, the startup menu can be found in the following example location, where %username% is the name of the account you're logged into.
For all users on the computer:
Windows XP users
Like other versions of Windows, %username% is the folder that contains the username of the account you're currently logged into. The path for the Startup menu is as follows:
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup