How to access Windows 10 start up location to make program run at startup or remove programs that run at startup

The All Users Startup Folder is located at the following path:

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

The Current User Startup Folder is located here:

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


To find the Startup folder, the quickest way is to do the following:

  1. Hold down the Windows key, and type R
  2. Type: shell:startup
  3. Click OK

There is an easy way to “bookmark” this folder.

First you need to go up one folder level. You can do this either by clicking on “Programs” in the address bar, or by clicking the up arrow to the left of the address bar.

Then, right-click the Startup folder, and choose Pin to Start:

Note also that there is actually a second Startup folder. The Startup folder above is for your user account only.

The second Startup folder is for programs that run at startup for all users on the computer. To find that Startup folder, we have to modify our Win-R trick slightly:

Startup For All Users









If the program you’re seeing at startup isn’t in either of the Startup folders, try uninstalling the program itself. Many programs run when Windows starts, but they are launched via other more complicated methods.