Location of the Startup folder in Windows 8 / 10

The Startup folder in Windows contains a list of shortcuts of those applications that start when your Windows start. Earlier, you could easily access the Windows 7 startup folder from Start  Menu > Startup. But where is the Startup folder in Windows 10 / 8?

Windows 8 / 10 startup folder location

The Current Users Startup folder in Windows 8 is located at:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

These programs start up for the current logged in user only. To directly access this folder, open Run, type shell:startup and hit Enter.

Windows 8 startup folder location

Or to quickly open the folder, press WinKey, type shell:startup and hit Enter.

Startup folder in Windows 8 / 10

The All Users Windows 8 startup folder is located at:

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

These programs start up for all users. To open this folder, bring up the Run box, type shell:common startup and hit Enter.

Startup folder in Windows 8

Or to open the folder quickly, you can press WinKey, type shell:common startup and hit Enter.

You can add shortcuts of the programs you want to start with you Windows in this folder.

You may use msconfig in Windows 7 or Task Manager in Windows 8 to manage startup programs. You can also delay Startup Programs or control the order in which they load, when Windows boots. This post on Windows Registry Startup Paths may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Suetonius

    Anand. Your article on “Startup Folder” locations in Windows 8 left me somewhat confused. Both of the locations you listed, “shell:startup” and “shell:common startup” are empty folders. I found a “startup folder” by entering “%AppData%”in the run dialog box. This folder contains the startup apps listed in Task Manager Startup but, also contains apps not listed in Task Manager Startup. Maybe you could releive my confusion.

  2. Programs may start up if:

    a) Their shortcuts are placed in the Startup folder. Maybe your folder is empty; mine shows SnagIt as I have set to start with every boot.
    b) There is a registry key that makes it run
    c) Programs that are set to run when explorer.exe runs.

    You can read more about the startup paths here: http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-tips-tutorials-articles/26430-windows-registry-startup-paths.html

    The %AppData% folder in contains 3 subfolders – Local, Low and Roaming. They contain Application Data of all software installed on your system. When you “Ran” %AppData% I suppose your C:UsersusernameAppDataRoaming must have opened. This contains the startup folder (C:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup) for the Current Users.

    Does this help? 🙂

  3. Nice! This is a handy shortcut

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