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Manage Startup Program: Remove/Add Startup Items in Windows 10

This post will show you how to manage startup items to add, delete programs for your account or for all users in Windows 10.

Part 1: To Add or Remove Startup Programs from Startup Folder

Startup items for the current user are stored at two locations: the Registry and Startup folder, the two locations allow you to add and delete startup programs. And the Startup folder is an easier way to manage apps.

Step 1: Open Startup folder.

1. Current Users Startup folder in Windows is located at:
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Press the Windows + R keys to open Run dialog, then type in shell:Startup, click OK.

Type shell: Startup into Run box

 2. All Users Windows startup folder is located at:
C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

To open this folder, bring up the Run box, type in shell:common startup and hit Enter.

Open all users Windows startup folder

Step 2: Add your favorite programs to Startup folder.

Drag and drop program shortcuts from All Apps list in the Start menu to this folder, and then Windows will automatically load them when you sign into your computer.

Add programs to Startup Folder

Step 3: To remove Programs, right-click on that apps, then click on Delete.

Remove Programs from Startup Folder

When finished, close Windows Startup Folder.

Part 2: To Delete or Add a Program run in Startup via Registry Editor

To add or remove Startup programs for the current users or all users from the Registry.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor.

Type regedit into Run dialog

Step 2: Then navigate to the following Registry keys:

For current user: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

For all users: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Step 3: On the left panel of Run key, you will find startup items for current users that stored in the Registry.

To delete Startup item: right click it and choose Delete from the context menu.

Delete a Startup Item in Registry

Step 4: To add a new startup item.

Right-click on an empty space, Click on New and choose String Value.

Add a new startup item

Then give it a desired name and set its value data to the full path of that program.

Run a program from Startup


Part 3: Method to get the full path of a program or application

1. Go to Windows 10 root directory to find the program you want to add to Startup Items. Right-click and select Open in Location.

Open flie location

2. Hold down the Shift key as you right-click on that file, and then choose Copy As Path from context menu.

Full path of a program see in Propertires

3. Then you can copy its file path to the clipboard, then paste that path into Value date box.

Paste Full Path

The built-in MSConfig or System Configuration Utility allows you to disable or delete startup items.