How to Add Programs, Files, and Folders to System Startup in Windows

Many programs in Windows add themselves to system startup when you install them, allowing them to automatically start up when you boot your computer. You can also have other programs automatically start and files and folders automatically open when Windows starts.

This should work in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, or even Vista.

To copy a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the shortcut and select “Copy” from the popup menu.

Open the “Run” dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R. Type “shell:startup” (without the quotes) in the “Open” edit box and click “OK.”.

In the right pane of the Windows Explorer window, right-click on the empty space and select “Paste” from the popup menu.

The shortcut is placed in the “Startup” directory.


The next time you start up Windows the program you added to the “Startup” directory that program will automatically start.