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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