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How to Run Program at Startup in Windows 10

The way Windows 10 handles how to run program at startup has changed, if you are facing a similar issue, find out how to fix it.

Prior the major update of November 2015, users who wished to run a program at startup would simply have to create shortcuts to the following folder:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Recently, it has come to our attention that this folder is no longer operable when it comes to managing your startup programs. To remedy this, just follow the simple series of steps below.

Alternative Method To Run Program At Startup In Windows 10

STEP 1: 

Run Registry Editor. To do so, Press Windows Key + R and type in ‘regedit‘ followed by Enter.

How to run regedit.


Now, bring out your inner hacker and navigate to the following directory, one branch at a time. Don’t worry, it seems difficult at first, but just follow each directory one by one and you will eventually find your way to the directory faster than Alice finding Wonderland.


Once you find the aforementioned directory, right-click on an empty space, Click on New and choose String Value.

How to run program at startup in Windows 10.


Give the new string a name, for this case, we will name my current string and I will add said software to the startup.

Before clicking the address bar.

This address will NOT work. You have to click on the address bar.

Once you have navigated to the location of the software you want to add, click on it in the address bar and it will change to look like this:


After clicking the address bar.

When you have the above stated address, copy it (CTRL + C) and go back to the previously opened window of registry editor.

Now, all you have to do is paste (CTRL + V) the address from above into the value box of your string value. You can do this by double clicking on said String Value ( in this instance) and you will enter your address in the “value data” box.

Adding a startup program to Windows 10

When you have done the above, simply press OK, reboot your system, and you will be see said program launch at your next Windows 10 bootup.

You can use these series of steps to run program at startup of Windows 10 to ensure all your important apps are ready to run from the first boot. 

If you have any difficulties, let us know in the comments section below!