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Windows 7: Unable to create shortcuts in startup folder "cannot create shortcut"

13 Jul 2016   #1
Sylveon Fetish

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Unable to create shortcuts in startup folder "cannot create shortcut"

I am unable to create a shortcut in the startup folder on my Dell Optiplex 780. Every time I try, I get the following error, "Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want to place the shortcut on the desktop instead?" No I do not want it on the desktop, I want the program to start with Windows. I tried, dragging the shortcut to the startup folder, tried copying and pasting the shortcut into the folder, that only opens it with applications that are already in the startup folder. I tried dragging the exe and selecting "create shortcut here." none of which worked. All results that I found on Google that people said that worked. None of them worked for me. All the results were about 'all users/startup' but I am only dealing with my own user and dragging from folder in start menu to the startup folder which none of the results covered.

Any ideas?
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13 Jul 2016   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Sylveon am not sure on this one but I know in 10 (I stand to be corrected) that one can add apps to run at start up - I don't know how to actually do because I always keep my start up items to the very minimum and have no need to do that. For the record the more you have running at start up will slow down the boot and do you really want thta??

Also I think when you load softwares a lot will ask if you want them to run at start up so without knowing what you want to add cannot comment on that.
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13 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7 x64

Just tested and it did work.
One text.txt file and another short-cut to program.

Google search result:

Startup folder in Start: How to add programs? - Microsoft Community

Copy this in full;
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

At any folder, the bar on top there is a folder icon, click it, which highlight the location of the folder;

Paste that link C:\.......Startup

This open that startup folder
This may require Admin permission.
Dump whatever you want to open upon windows startup.

I use a text file, and a short-cut to a program (copy from the desktop)
Put both on the ..\Startup folder.

After Reboot, both text file is open and the program is open too.
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13 Jul 2016   #4

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

See if it helps: Startup Programs - Change
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