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Windows 7: How do you add programs to the startup folder ?

17 May 2009   #1

Windows 7
How do you add programs to the startup folder ?

I have looked and looked and I can not see a way to add links into the startup folder. If i use Windows explorer to navigate to the Startup folder, I am told I do not have authority to access it (I am the administrator and only account on the system). Nothing in control panel seems to apply so how is it done now ?

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17 May 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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17 May 2009   #3

Windows 7
Adding links to Startup folder

No. I am looking to modify the startup folder not the start menu.

What I want to do is add shortcuts to the startup folder so that certain programs start when the machine is booted.
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17 May 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Hi Seelig and welcome to Se7en Forums

The path to this folder is as follows:

C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

This folder is normally hidden. Once you have access, simply right-click on the shortcut that you want, drag it to this folder and choose the option Create shortcuts here when you release the mouse button.
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17 May 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Seelig, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition to Dwarf's post, this tutorial can help show you how to.

Startup Programs - Change

Hope this helps,
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17 May 2009   #6

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

I just do a right click drag and drop of the program into the start menu startup folder and select 'create shortcut here' option.

Welcome to the forums.

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17 May 2009   #7

Windows 7

Thank you very much !
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17 May 2009   #8

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I'm sure that we will all say that you are welcome.
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13 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 RC

Man, who'd have ever thought to look THERE?
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05 Jul 2010   #10

windows 7 Home premium

the word roaming threw me off when i tried my self. just re logged in and it works
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