Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Startup may refer to any of the following:

startup1. Startup is a general term used to describe the process of preparing the computer, operating system, hardware, or software for operation. This action is more commonly referred to as the boot or boot up.

2. Start or Startup is a location that stores programs to load each time a computer starts. For example, Microsoft Windows users can see each of the programs that startup each time their computer boots by using the msconfig utility.

Tip: For any Windows user who wants to have a program startup each time their computer starts, a shortcut can be placed in the Windows Startup folder.

3. When referring to a company, a startup is a newly formed company that is typically less than two years old with no more than 20 employees and has less than $5 million dollars in financing.

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