How to Make an App Start With Windows 10

This detailed guide will take you through the process of configuring your PC so that any program you want starts up each time Windows 10 does.

  1. Even though this is an easy procedure, it’s little bit ‘buried’ – so we’ll go step by step. Open a File Explorer window and select your C: drive from the list on the left side of the window. Then open your Users folder.
  2. Now locate the folder that represents your Windows 10 profile and open it.
  3. Depending on how you have Windows currently set up, you may or may not see the AppData folder. If you do, open it and jump down to step #5.
  4. If you don’t see the AppData folder, click View from the main menu, and then place a check in the box labeled Hidden items.
  5. Now you’ll have to dig through a series of folders. Open the Roaming folder, then Microsoft -> Windows -> Start Menu -> Programs and finally the Startup folder.
  6. Now you just have to put ‘shortcuts’ to the programs you want to start up with Windows 10 into this folder. To do so, just “click and drag” any program from your Start menu into that folder. As illustrated in the screenshot below, I’ve dragged my Wireless Network Watcher App to my Startup folder.

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  8. Now you’ll have a shortcut to that program in the Startup folder.
  9. You can also drag the “App Tiles” to the Startup folder the same way.
  10. There’s no limit to the number of programs you can have startup at boot, but keep in mind the more that do, the longer it’ll take Windows 10 to start. If you ever decide you want to stop having the App startup automatically, just delete the shortcut file from your Startup folder.
  11. Note: if the program you want to have start at the same time Windows does isn’t listed in your Start Menu there’s an easy solution as well. Just locate the App in a File Explorer window, right-click that file and select Create shortcut. Then drag the newly created shortcut file to the Startup folder.
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