Apps Add App to Run Automatically at Startup in Windows 11


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Startup apps are the apps that start automatically when you sign in to Windows 11.

You can have any app, shortcut, folder, drive, file, script, etc.. items automatically open or run at startup.

This tutorial will show you how to add items to run automatically at startup for your account, specific user(s), or all users in Windows 11.


An item that requires to Run as administrator (elevated) will not be allowed to run at startup by default for security reasons.

As a workaround, you can create an elevated shortcut for this item, and copy/move this elevated shortcut into the Startup folder below in this tutorial.



Contents

  • Option One: Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for Current User (your account)
  • Option Two: Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for Specific User
  • Option Three: Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for All Users




Option One

Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for Current User (your account)


1 Open File Explorer (Win+R).

2 Copy and paste shell:startup into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open your account's Startup folder. (see screenshot below)

3 Add or create a shortcut of any app, folder, drive, file, script, etc... you want to run at startup for your account into this Startup folder.

If you want to run a Microsoft Store app at startup, you can drag and drop the app from Start menu > All apps into this Startup folder to create a shortcut of the Microsoft Store app in the Startup folder.


Current_or_Specific_user_Startup_folder.png





Option Two

Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for Specific User


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+R).

2 Navigate to the hidden folder below in File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

C:\Users\<user profile folder>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Substitute <user profile folder> in the path above with the actual profile folder name (ex: "Brink") for the account you want.

You may be prompted to click/tap on Continue to approve opening the <user profile folder>.

Specific_user_Startup_folder.png


3 Add or create a shortcut of any app, folder, drive, file, script, etc... you want to run at startup for this account into this Startup folder.

If you want to run a Microsoft Store app at startup, you can drag and drop the app from Start menu > All apps into this Startup folder to create a shortcut of the Microsoft Store app into the Startup folder.


Current_or_Specific_user_Startup_folder.png





Option Three

Add Item to Run Automatically at Startup for All Users


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+R).

2 Navigate to the hidden folder below in File Explorer. (see screenshot below step 3)

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

3 Copy or move a shortcut of any app, folder, drive, file, script, etc... you want to run at startup for all users into this Startup folder. (see screenshot below)

If you want to run a Microsoft Store app at startup, you can drag and drop the app from Start menu > All apps to your desktop to create a shortcut of the Microsoft Store app on your desktop. Copy or move this app shortcut on your desktop into the Startup folder.


All_users_Startup_folder-1.png

4 Click/tap on Continue to approve copy/move the shortcut into this Startup folder. (see screenshot below)

All_users_Startup_folder-2.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Stormforce

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I have been using Option 1 for many years It is the easist way to do it
 

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