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How to run a program when starting Windows 10

23 mayo, 2021

Depending on how much you use an application in your day to day, you will or will not want it to start automatically with the system and so on not having to run it manually every time. If, on the contrary, you prefer Windows to start as quickly as possible, it is best to remove all programs from startup.

If the speed of system startup is not something that worries you very much, or your computer simply has enough resources to do things fast enough, there are several simple methods to have an application open automatically when Windows starts.

Add the program to the Startup folder

This is one of the simplest methods. All you have to do is open Windows Explorer and navigate to This team > Local Disk > ProgramData > Microsoft > Windows > Start menu > Programs > Start. Or, more simply, paste the following path into the address bar of the file explorer:

C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp

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Drag shortcut to Windows Start folder

The next thing is to find the shortcut to the program that you want to start with Windows and paste it in that folder. If you have it on your desktop, you can simply drag the icon to the Startup folder.

If you don’t want to lose the desktop shortcut, right-click first, choose Copy, and then Paste into home folder. Windows will ask you to confirm before adding access.

Schedule the start of the program as a task

Schedule Tasks

Windows Task Scheduler

If you want even more control over how an application starts, you can use Windows Task Scheduler, only this method is a bit more complex. First hit the start button, type “schedule tasks” and hit Enter.

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Now click Action and then in Create basic tasks. In the new “Trigger” menu choose When logging in so that that is when the task starts. Click Next.

When you log in

In Action choose Start a program and press Next. Now you must specify the path of the executable file of the program that you want to start with Windows.

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To do this you must know where the application was installed, most are in Program files, but if that is not the case you can find out the path by right clicking on the shortcut to the application and then on Properties. In the menu that appears look at the route where it says Destination and copy.


Then it is only a matter of pressing Next and Finish so that your task is scheduled.

Check inside the app settings

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Many applications include the option within their preferences to choose whether you want them to start with the system or not.

For example, Spotify includes this option on its advanced settings page. It’s a matter of checking the settings of your favorite app and seeing if it offers the option.

Use Task Manager

From the Windows Task Manager you can enable and disable apps that start automatically with Windows. You can open the Administrator by right clicking on the start button and choosing the option.

You can also press the classic CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination and choose Task Manager. Or, you can press the Windows start button, type “Task Manager,” and hit Enter.

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Enable programs that start with Windows from Task Manager

Once open, click on the icon More details to display the full interface. Then click on the tab Start and adjust what you need.

You just have to take into account that only applications that have already started automatically with Windows at some point will appear in this listTo add new apps you have to use any of the other three methods that we already explained to you.

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