If you want to place a shortcut in your startup menu for a program to run automatically on Windows startup please follow the instructions below.

There are in fact two locations where this can be accomplished. The first will affect all users of your system and the second will only involve the current user.

Note: if you place an icon or shortcut in both locations the all users’ startup location will take precedence and always run first before the shortcuts in the current user start menu folder.

The all users start menu location is:

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

The current user folder is:

shell:startup


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