Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 10 – Startup Folder Location


If you have a high-speed PC and using an optimized SSD as your primary OS drive, then you might want to launch the most used programs automatically. But in the default task manager startup tab Windows 10 does not allow us to add or remove any additional programs. But it automatically manages the installed programs in the startup tab. The good news is you can also add more programs to this startup tab. In this article, I will tell you where is the startup folder in Windows 10 and the location of Windows 10 startup folder.

What is Windows 10 Startup Folder?

It is a special folder that will automatically run the contained programs when the Windows boots up. Windows 10 startup folder allows us to manages which programs to include in the Task Manager > Startup Tab. Some programs are automatically managed by Windows, like Chrome, CCleaner and some other.

But what if you need to add your desired program to Startup whenever the Windows boots up? And you want this program to automatically start when Windows boots up. Here the Windows 10 startup folder comes in action, it will automatically run our desired programs as our PC starts.

Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 10 Located?

Current Active user startup folder in Windows 10 is located at:

C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Users need to replace <USERNAME> with their actual “username” on the current machine. Programs you place in the folder above will only run for the current <USERNAME>.

And for every user startup folder is located at:

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

But when you place programs in the common user startup folder, those will automatically run for every user on the machine.

How to Open Windows 10 Startup folder With Run Commands?

Press Win Key + R in Windows 10 – Run will pop up.

To open current active user’s startup folder in Windows 10 with Run, type following and press enter:


To open the common startup folder for all users on the current machine, again press Win Key + R to open Run and type the following and press enter:

shell:common startup

This will open up the startup folders in Windows 10 for your current user or for all users.

If you haven’t accessed it already after you have installed Windows 10, then it must look like something like in the image below. It will be empty and there will be no programs.

This is the image of an empty startup folder in Windows 10. We will be adding programs to this folder in the next section.

How to Add Programs to Startup Folder in Windows 10?

There are two ways to add programs to the Startup folder.

The first one is by creating a custom shortcut in the Startup folder in Windows 10 and provide the program’s executable file’s path to it.

The second one is by creating the shortcut of the program on desktop and then move that shortcut to the Startup folder.

First, we will stick with method # 1 and let’s do it.

As we have opened the startup folder in the previous section, you must have it opened or minimized in the taskbar. Click and navigate to the folder, right-click in the empty space and hover over New > Shortcut and click on it.

A new Shortcut prompt will open up and now we have to configure it by providing the path to Program, of which we want to create the shortcut and then Name it and save. Don’t worry keep reading I have explained all steps.

Click browse and navigate to the location of the installed program in C:\Program Files\** etc.

After you have selected the location of the .exe file of the program click ok and then Press next.

Name the shortcut of the program and click Finish.

Now you are Done adding your desired program to the Startup folder. You can add as many programs as you want to this folder.

Now, these programs will show up in Task Manager > Startup tab and you can enable or disable them anytime you want.

Managing the Auto startup of Programs in Task Manager

See the image below, I have all these programs in my Startup some of them are automatically added and we have added “eclipse.exe” by ourself just now.

Now you can enable it or disable it, according to your needs.

How Many Startup Programs are Fine for Optimized Windows Startup?

This depends on your machine and hardware. For example, if you are running 16GB Ram and High-Speed SSD in your PC then you can leave all system managed startup programs to enabled. And you can also add even more to your auto startup, i.e. up to 5 programs.

But you are still on HDD and along with it want a quick and clean startup then I will suggest that you must not allows more than 2 or 3 programs to automatically start in Task Manager.

I hope you have learned a lot from this article. Share it and appreciate us. If you need any other tutorial on Windows or Android then let me know in comments I will publish as soon as possible. See you in another article.


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