startup programs

Some of the Windows programs and apps like themes and anti-virus software choose to launch by themselves with the boot of your windows. Although programs let you decide if you’ll like them to start automatically through their installation, you can configure them for this any time. Not only apps, but also files and folders can be set to start as your windows starts by putting them to the “Startup” folder.

If the apps you want to add to the “Startup” folder don’t have settings for this, you need not worry one bit. This easy peasy article covers apps with or without the settings to start on the boot, and files and folders – just in case you open them regularly. All it’ll take you to achieve this is shortcuts to them in your Windows “Startup” folder (hidden in system folders). This method works like a charm on all versions of Widows from Vista to 10.

It’s especially relevant to understand that the more the programs on the start, the slower the startup process will be. But there’s a way around this too, and without significant slowing down of the startup process. Actually, can trade them for the programs you don’t use as much, that is, disable certain startup apps and programs. Let’s add your first app to the startup.

First Step: Getting into the Startup Folder

You can find “Startup”, which is actually a hidden folder for system files, with File Explorer on condition that hidden files are showing. Although it’s in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup, you don’t have to fire up File Explore to get in there – there’s an easy way about.

Press Windows+R to fire up the Run dialog box, then give the input “shell:startup” and hit Enter.

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This action will take you to the “Startup” folder.

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Leave the window open for now because we’re going to do things in there in there.

Second Step: Creating Shortcuts in the “Startup” Folder

To get a folder, file, or app to start with the start of Windows, all you have to go through is create their shortcuts in your “Startup” folder. For the sake of demonstration, we’re going to work with this small app called Sizer, but the technique is the same regardless of what app, folder, or file you want to make shortcuts to.

First of all, locate whatever you want to create a shortcut to. Now, open a second instance of File Explorer and find the folder, file, or app you want to start with windows. There are many ways to create shortcuts, but we’ll go with lazing fast good old drag method. Hold the right click down on your mouse and drag into the item “Startup” folder. Select “create shortcut here” on the popup that appears as you release the mouse click.

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That’s how difficult it is. You now have a shortcut to your new item in the “Startup” folder of your Windows.

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On the next boot of your machine, your new file, folder, or apps will fire up by themselves.