Windows 10 Startup Folder


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I was recently looking for the Startup folder in Windows 10 and it was not where I thought it was. (As a reminder: The Startup folder contains application shortcuts that automatically launch when Windows starts.)

Since everything changed after Windows 7, the Startup folder is now in a new locale. Rather than hunt around for it using Windows File Explorer, I found this quick tip using the shell: command for finding the Windows 10 Startup folder.

Current Users Startup Folder

The Current Users Startup folder has application shortcuts the logged in user can use. In Windows 10, this folder is at the following path:

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

To access this folder quickly, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Run command dialog by pressing Windows Key + R.
  2. Type shell:startup and hit the Enter key.
  3. A new File Explorer window opens displaying the folder.


All Users Startup Folder

The Startup Folder for All Users has application shortcuts accessible to any logged in user. This folder is at:

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

To access this folder, use the following command in the Run dialog: shell:Common Startup



About Ken Cenerelli
I am a technical writer/programmer writer/content developer, .NET developer, Microsoft MVP, public speaker, blogger, and Microsoft Azure nerd. I blog about technology at and am on Twitter via @KenCenerelli.

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