Bootup: How to autostart programs in Windows 10?

Autostart has been around since the earliest Windows versions. If you are wondering how it works on 10, read on and we’ll add it to your boot configuration.


About AutoStart And Why You Should Use It Sparingly

Please note that any program that you put into autostart mode will delay the boot progress. It is a good practice to disable programs that you don’t need on every bootup. Many programs that you install during the lifetime of your computer will automatically be added to the startup configuration, making your boot up time very slow!

Startup Folder Location

The startup folder in Windows 10 is located in

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

The %AppData% folder is located in C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Roaming\

If you are having trouble locating the AppData folder, you may want to read this guide

Drag & Drop Into Startup Folder

After opening the location above, drag and drop shortcuts here (don’t drag the actual file). Create a desktop shortcut and then drag or copy that shortcut from your desktop into the folder.

Alternatively, right-click on the exe file of a program and drag it into the folder (keep holding right-click) then say “Create shortcut here”

Once you got a shortcut in the folder, the program will start every time you log on.

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