How to Automatically Start Programs in Windows 10

This article describes steps one can take to automatically start programs when Windows starts.

In the previous version of Windows, one would easily create startup programs by going to msconfig page and adding the programs there. How do you do it in Windows 10 now that msconfig isn’t available?

Windows allows programs to automatically install themselves in Windows startup configuration settings. For programs that are designed to startup automatically, there’s nothing to do.

They will automatically start up every time Windows starts.

Now, how do you start a program automatically that wasn’t designed to startup every time Windows starts?

Below is how to do that.

Find where programs are installed

An easy way to auto-start a program is to create a shortcut for the program in the Windows Startup folder. You must know where the program you wish to start up is installed. To find out that information, right-click the program Icon or executable and select Properties.

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On the Shortcut tab, take notes of the program’s start in a folder. Or click the button to Open the File Location of the program and this is how you find what’s the program’s home folder. It will also be where the program executable lives.

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Configure programs to auto start

After you’ve discovered where the program you wish to start up automatically lives, continue below to learn how to start the program up automatically.

First, open the Windows Run command box. Or type the Windows logo Key and R on your keyboard. This will open the Windows command run box.

In the box, type this command in the box and press Enter.


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When you press Enter, it will open the Windows program startup folder for your account. From there, right-click a blank area and select New –> Shortcut

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Now browse to the program home folder. the one you found using the step above and select the program’s executable file.

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Continue with the wizard until you’re done.

Every time you log on to a Windows computer, this program will automatically open up.