How to disable and add Startup programs in Windows 10

If you thought that I was bit crazy when looking at the title post, I would not hold you wrong, after all, who wants to add programs to Windows Startup and make it even slower. All we do is keep removing programs or at least delay it. So, what’s the real idea of this topic? Its about to let you know about a change in Windows 10 and Windows 7 and a ubiquitous question asked: “Where is the startup folder in Windows 10/8”. In this post, we will learn how to How to disable and add Startup programs in Windows 10

Where is the Startup Folder?

That’s an excellent question, and sadly for freshly installed Windows 8 Users, this option is missing, but for Windows 7 users who upgraded to Windows 8 or Windows 10, this folder is still in place. I was pretty sure of that because I can even see some of my old programs yet getting launched after the upgrade.

Important: Also to let you know that you can no longer manage Windows 8 Startup programs from MSCONFIG. Instead, its now managed from Task Manager. Launch the Task Manager and switch to the Startup Tab.

If the StartUp folder is missing :

If you had used Windows 7, it was always there in Programs Menu and at two places. One was common to all users while other is user specific. Create a folder named Startup

  • User Specific: C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • All Users : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

If its already there :

Type following in the Run Prompt (Win+R) for quick access.

  • shell:startup (User Specific)
  • shell:common startup (All Users)

How to disable and add Startup programs in Windows 10

Now we will learn how to add a program to Windows 10 Startup manually, and also learn to disable startup programs in Windows 10.

  • Add Programs to Startup in Windows 10
  • Disable Startup programs in Windows 10

Do note that the programs, which are manually included, do not have any impact rating. I guess that Windows does rank it over time, but for the program above, which had been there since the upgrade, there had been no ranking till now.

1] Add Programs to Startup in Windows 10

Add Shortcut to Startup Folder

Windows launch any executable program which is available in Windows 10 Startup Folder. So all you need is a shortcut in that folder of the program you would like to add. You may find it odd, but if you right click on the startup folder and look for New Shortcut action, its missing. You are only allowed to create folders. So this is what you need to do

  • Right Click on the Desktop > New Shortcut > Browser for Program > Done.
  • Now drag and drop this shortcut on your Desktop to the Start-up folder.

2] Disable Startup programs in Windows 10

disable and add Startup programs

In case you want to remove anything from the startup folder, I will suggest you disable it instead using the Task Manager. That way, you have an option to re-enable it whenever you want, and you will never have to remember what was the program name.

Let us know if these tips helped you to speed up your computer boot time, or add programs which you always wanted to boot with Windows 10.

Related:  Prevent Programs from adding to Windows Startup 


About Ashish Mohta

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