Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Startup may refer to any of the following:

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1. Startup prepares the computer, operating system, hardware, or software for operation. This action is commonly called 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 program that starts each time their computer boots using the msconfig utility.


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. With a company, a startup is a newly formed company that's under two years old, with no more than 20 employees, and has less than five million dollars in financing.

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