Startup folder

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope
Folder

A folder, first made available with Microsoft Windows 95 that contains a list of which programs run automatically each time the computer boots up.

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.

Note

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.

Tip

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

Press Windows key + R at the Windows desktop to open the Run box, and in the run box, type the following command.

shell:startup

or

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.

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

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