Startup folder

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

FolderA folder, first made available with Microsoft Windows 95 that contains a list of which programs run automatically each time the computer boots up. The startup folder can be found by clicking on the Start button and going into the Programs folder. Any shortcut located in this folder will load each time you turn on your machine.

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.

Tip: The Startup folder may also be found by using Windows Explorer.

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users

For an individual users, the startup menu can be found in the following example location; where %username% is the name of the account you're logged into.

C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Tip: From the Windows search box or Windows Start screen, type %appdata% and press enter to quickly get into the AppData folder.

For all users on the computer:

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

Windows XP users

Just 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

Operating system terms, Startup, Startup application, Startup group