Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 11/10 for All Users

The startup folder contains a list of applications’ shortcuts that run automatically every time you start up your computer. You can add programs by adding their shortcuts to the folder to make it run during your Windows 11 or Windows 10 startup. You can also remove any of them if you don’t want it to run during startup.

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Location of Startup Folder in Windows 11/10 for All users

Here’s how to go to the all users’ startup folder in Windows 10 or Windows 11.

  1. Open File Explorer from the start menu.
  2. Browse to the following directory.
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
  3. Please take note that the above directory is assuming your default Windows was installed in C: drive. If your Windows is in another drive, change the drive letter.
  4. Add or remove any program’s shortcut into or from the folder.

Another much faster way to go to the startup folder in Windows 11/10:

  1. Go to start menu and type Run. Hit enter.
  2. In the Open field, type shell:common startup and then hit enter.open startup folder in windows 10

Startup Folder in Windows 10/11 for Current User Only

If you would like to configure startup for only the currently logged in user, here’s where you should go to:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Browse to the following folder.
    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Replace the Username with the actual username you’re currently using in your Windows system.
  4. Add or remove any shortcut as you want.

Another quicker method to go to this folder:

  1. Go to start menu and type Run. Press enter.
  2. Type shell:startup in the open field and press enter.

Configure Windows 11/10 startup from Msconfig

Not all applications’ exe shortcuts would be shown in the startup folder mentioned above. Some would not be there but would still run during startup. To have a clearer view of all the background programs and services that would run during startup of your Windows 10 computer, use msconfig.

  1. Go to Start, then Run.
  2. Type msconfig and hit enter.
  3. In the System Configuration window, go to the Startup tab.
  4. Click on the Open Task manager link.
  5. Programs shown in the startup list are all the programs that would run during startup.
  6. You can disable any of these programs by right clicking it and select disable, if you would not like it to run during startup.

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Leave us a comment below if you are still experiencing issues with the startup programs in Windows 10/11 even after trying to configure them using the methods above. We’ll try to help.

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on
Categories: Windows 10Windows 11