The location of the startup folder on a computer depends on the operating system the computer uses. In Windows 7 the startup folder is in All Programs on the Start menu. On Windows 8, the startup folder is found by using the Run function.
Programs in the startup folder are automatically launched whenever Windows is started. To make a program do this it simply has to be in the startup folder, but the process of finding the startup folder is different depending on the version of Windows. Here are the instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Finding the startup folder in Windows 7
- All programs
- Select startup
Click on "Start menu." This is usually located in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Select "All Programs." This displays all of the programs and program folders in the Start Menu. They are ordered alphabetically.
Find the startup folder within the All Programs list and right click on it. A menu will appear with several options - select "Open."
The shortcut to find this folder involves going to the folder using its address: c:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup
Finding the startup folder in Windows 8
- All Apps
If the user is using the Modern UI, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then select "All Apps." If, on the other hand, the user is using a mouse, right click and then select "All Apps." from the menu that drops down.
Select "Run." from the options that appear on the screen. This will make the Run dialogue box appear on the screen.
Type "shell:startup" in the dialogue box and click "OK." The startup folder will appear on the screen.