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How to Set Programs Automatically Start When Windows Boots up

This guide describes an easy way to set programs or apps start automatically when Windows boots up for your account in Windows 10.

To start a program runs automatically when computer boots up, here's how:

Step 1: Open Windows Startup folder.

Startup is a hidden system folder that located in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. Here’s an easy way to access it:

1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run box, type shell:startup, and then press Enter.

Run shell:startup

2. Leave File Explorer open.

Open Windows startup folder

Step 2: Add program shortcut to the startup folder.

1. Open the Start Menu, right-click the program you want to automatically start, select Open file location.

Open file location

2. Copy (Ctrl+C) the program shortcut to the Startup folder you opened.

Add program to startup folder

Your program will automatically start the next time you start your computer. If you ever want to remove a program from autostart, delete the shortcut from the Startup folder.