Windows 10 Startup Folder- How to locate and fix errors?

There are certain programs in your system that you may need as soon as you start your PC or laptop. Well, this list of applications is stored in the Windows 10 Startup Folder. You may have not located it until now and we can show you how to fix the common issues users are facing each day.

If you want to change the list of programs in or simply you may have issues it Windows 10 Startup Folder not working, we have got it covered. There are many requests by users facing similar issues and willing to know more about it, so here we are.

Make sure you go through each point clearly such that in the future you can easily solve any issues that come up with the startup folder.

What is Windows 10 Startup Folder?

The Windows Startup Folder is a special folder where all your necessary applications are stored that starts up automatically every time you boot up the system. It has been in function since the time we used the Windows 95 operating system.

Users can easily drag the required programs into the list to create a shortcut to launch it when you start the system. It is important to be brought to attention that there are two kinds of such folders in the Windows 10 operating system. Once such a Startup folder will contain a set of programs that is accessible to All Users while the other Startup Folder contains the set of programs that is available to only the specific user.

So, if you have multiple user accounts on your system this is something that may help you fix any errors that comes your way as it may not be because of the programs in a particular user Windows 10 Startup Folder.

Where is Windows Startup Folder Located?

As we discussed earlier, there are two Startup folders. You can locate them by using certain commands and methods as follows.

Method 1: Using Path Address

One is used for your personal account that may follow path somewhat like this.

All Users location

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

While if you are looking for the All Users Startup folder, then here is the path where you can locate it.

App users location

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

Once you follow the addresses, you can locate the programs and files you have been looking for. Further, you can even change the application in the folder accordingly.

Method 2: Using Shell Command for All Users

Windows 10 Startup Folder

The one mentioned above is basically the easiest method you will ever find. While if you one of those who like to try out everything, well you can use certain commands to locate the Windows 10 Startup Folder.

  1. Press “Windows + R” on your Keyboard to open RUN.
  2. Now copy and paste the following command or you can simply type “shell:common startup”
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Startup Folder will pop-up on your screen.

Method 2: Using Shell Command for Personal Account

Windows 10 Startup Folder -1

The same method needs to be repeated as above but a different shell command needs to be entered.

  1. Press “Windows + R” on your Keyboard to open RUN.
  2. Now copy and paste the following command or you can simply type “shell:startup
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Startup Folder will pop-up on your screen.

Now, you can access the Startup Folder easily especially since both methods are pretty easy. So, you can try out anyone that soothes you.

How to Add Programs to Windows 10 Startup Folder?

Since you have learned now how to locate the Startup folder on your operating system, you can easily make changes to it as required. You can add and remove certain programs as needed. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Windows 10 Startup Folder as the methods mentioned above.
  2. Within the Startup folder, right-click on any empty space and choose New > Shortcut from the menu.
  3. Click the Browse button that will open up the list of programs on your screen.
  4. Select a program or application for the Startup folder and click OK.
  5. Now tap on the Next button and then the Finish button.
  6. Open the startup Folder again and check the list.
  7. Finally, Restart your Windows, the selected programs will now open every time you boot the system.

You can follow similar steps to remove the programs from the Startup Folder. Simply open the Startup Folder > Right Click on Program > Delete.

Once you get to know how to open the startup folder, everything else seems simpler.

How to disable startup programs in Windows 10?

There are certain programs in the Startup folder that is clearly not needed to be seen every time you boot up the system. In my case, it was always the Bit Torrent file or the Any Desk application. It eventually slowed down the system. 

So, I decided to remove it entirely. You can too. Either you can simply delete it by following similar steps to remove the programs from the Startup Folder i.e. open Startup Folder > Right Click on Program > Delete.

There are other ways too to disable the programs. Some applications make your system slow which you may be unaware of and may not show in the Startup Folder. So you need to take the help of the Task Manager in such a situation.

Let’s see how we can disable programs from Task Manager.

Windows Startup Folder Task Manager

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc from your keyboard together to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More Details at the bottom to expand the box.
  3. Press the Startup Tab on the menu above. (list of programs set to run on the startup will show here).
  4. Click on any program that has a LOW category under “Startup Impact”. The low ones slow the system while booting up.
  5. Now, look for the Disable option on the bottom-right corner of the tab.
  6. This will eventually disable the programs and stop them from running when you boot your system.

This is all you need to know for now to disable the programs from the Startup Folder. There are certain terms as well that you can look to know the location of the programs besides the “Startup Impact” option in the menu such as Startup Type and Command-Line.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many users have put up certain questions regarding the issues they have been facing while opening up the Windows 10 Startup folder. So here are some of them that we have cleared out the issues and resolved.

1. “Windows 10 Startup Folder Empty”

There were many queries regarding this. Well, you don’t need to worry about anything. It can be possible the Startup Folder is empty yet there are programs running on your system when you boot it up

The Microsoft Windows 10 startup folder is not the only way that to run a program at startup so it can be empty. There are many other methods by which it may happen. 

For example, 

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. type “MSConfig” and enter.
  3. On the dialog box, go to tab Startup and you’ll find the list of programs that run when Windows starts.
  4. You can disable the app you do not need and it won’t appear on your screen when you start your system.

If you want to add programs in the empty startup folder, simply follow the steps mentioned in the section above.

2. “Windows 10 Startup Folder Not Working”

Many times due to some system errors the startup folder does not seem to work at all or specifically the programs in the system.

There are certain methods that you can try to fix the Windows 10 Startup Folder Not Working error on your system.

1. Check the Startup Manager

In this method, you need to open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc from the keyboard. Go to Startup Tab. Disable all the programs altogether. Now select each application one by one that you need for your system to work and Enable it. 

Restart your system to save the changes. Hopefully, it will work now. The problem occurs when there are unnecessary applications enabled that makes the system slow and corrupted.

2. Fix Windows 10 Registry 

Another issue could be the Windows 10 Registry. So, that needs to be checked and recovered.

  1. Press Windows + R keys together on the keyboard to open Run.
  2. Enter “Regedit” in the box. 
  3. Tap on the H key and go to the Local Machine section.
  4. Select Software.
  5. Move to the Microsoft Windows option and check the current version of your Windows registry.
  6. Now, Right-click on the String Value option.
  7. Select your preferred program that you are willing to run in your Windows 10 system.
  8. Then, make sure you click on the OK button to save the changes.

Further, restart your system to check and see if the Windows 10 startup Folder not working issue has been fixed.


This is pretty much every info you need right now and even more to understand Windows 10 Startup Folder. All the topics have been systematically taken out to help you solve your issues as needed.

There could be more methods that we may have not discovered or tried yet. So, if you tried any such method that worked for you please do not hesitate in sharing it with us. We would love to share it with other readers as well.

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