You might want to go to Windows 10 Startup Folder to add a program to the Startup folder or remove an existing app from the Startup folder.

Here’s how to do it.


What is the Startup folder?

The Windows 10 Startup folder is a system folder that contains all the shortcuts for apps that load with Windows 10. In other words, the shortcuts for programs that start automatically with Windows 10 are in the Startup folder.

That said, not all of the programs that load with Windows 10 are present in the Startup folder. Programs that include a built-in option to load with Windows 10 may not appear in the Startup folder.

To view all the programs and applications that load with Windows 10, you have to go to the Windows 10 settings (Windows + I), then on Applications> Startup. For each program, a switch allows you to activate or not its launch with Windows.

Startup folder location in Windows 10

As with previous versions of the Windows operating system, here is the location of the Startup folder in Windows 10:

C:UsersNomUtilisateurAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

In the path above, the letter ” VS “Is the letter of the drive where Windows 10 is installed, and” Username Is the name of your user account. For example :

C:UsersAdministrateurAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

for the computer administrator account.

How to open the Startup folder in Windows 10?

Open the startup folder via the Run command

  • Step 1: Open the control box Execute by pressing the keys simultaneously Windows + R.
  • Step 2: in the control box Execute, type Shell: Startup, then press the Entrance to open the Startup folder. Note that this startup folder is for the currently logged in user only.
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If you want to open the Startup folder for all users, type Shell: Common Startup and press the key Entrance.

Use File Explorer to open Startup folder in Windows 10

  • Step 1: Open theFile Explorer (Windows + E). Click on the tab Display, then check the option Hidden elements.
  • Step 2: As stated before, the path to Windows 10 startup folder is as follows: C: Users Username AppData Roaming Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs Startup

So you can use File Explorer to navigate to the Startup folder. As previously stated, in the path above, ” VS “Is the letter of the installation drive of Windows 10 and” Username Is your local username or Microsoft account. In the path, the AppData folder is hidden by default, so we need to configure File Explorer to show hidden folders (which we did in step 1).

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