Where’s the Startup Folder & How to Add Startup Items in Windows 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 31, 2014

Different from that of Window 7 and previous Windows systems, Windows 8 does not show some shortcuts including Startup menu, Control Panel, Shutdown and Restart. You may have tried entering Startup in Search but found nothing. Then to figure out where the “Startup” folder is will become more difficult in Windows 8. But don’t fret, I will show you where the Startup folder is and how to add favorite startup applications or processes.

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Four Ways to Find the Startup Folder in Windows 8

How to Add New Apps to Startup Folder in Windows 8

Four Ways to Find the Startup Folder in Windows 8

Method One
Step one- Press Windows key and R to open Run.

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Step two- Enter “%AppData%” (without the quotes).

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Step three- Click OK on the Run window. You’ll be there in the Roaming folder.

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Step four- Navigate to \Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.

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Step five- Double click on Startup folder to open.

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Method Two

Step one- Open Run dialog again.

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Step two- Type “shell:startup” (without the quotes) in the dialog box.

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Step three- Press Enter.

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Method Three
Step one- Hit Win and R together and access Run dialog.

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Step two- Enter “shell:common startup” (without the quotes).

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Step three-
Click Ok.

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Method Four
Step one- Open Windows Explorer.

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Step two- Type the following path in the address bar.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

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OR C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup (put your account username in “<username>”, for example, enter “C:\Users\Test\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup”)

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Step three- Press Enter or click the arrow in the right. You’ll be there in the Startup folder.

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How to Add New Apps to Startup Folder in Windows 8

Step one- Open Startup Folder in Windows 8.

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Step two- Right click on empty space in the Startup folder. And click New, then select Shortcut.

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Step three- Click Browse in the pop-up Create shortcut window.

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Step four- Select the executable file (EXE) of the app or process you want to auto start. Then click OK.

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Step five- Click Next in the Create shortcut window again.

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Step six- Type a name, and click Finish to end your doings.

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Now you’ll be able to have those apps automatically run with the Windows. If you do not want them anymore, please read post How to Disable a Startup Item on Win7/Win8. And when you have any other methods to add new startup items, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.




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