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How to Use the Windows 10 Startup Folder

wondering where the windows start up

folder is or how to use it effectively

this is been with make use of comm and

two in this video I'm gonna show you how

to use the windows startup folder

effectively along with a few tricks for

managing it now the first thing we need

to talk about is what the windows

startup folder is and it's pretty simple

all the startup folder is as a special

location on your computer that anything

you put in there windows will run as

soon as you boot up your computer now

there are actually two startup folders

on your computer they're kind of buried

in the file system but windows includes

a couple of shortcuts we can use to

access them so if you open up a file

explorer window or just press Windows

key and are to open up run either one

works just go ahead and type shell colon

startup all one phrase with no spaces

and hit enter and you'll jump right to

your startup folder which again is

buried so this is the easier way

anything that you see in here is going

to automatically run it startup

depending on how new your computer is

and what software you have installed you

may already have a few programs here

these will run when the computer starts

up so as you can see I have an

autocorrect script running as well as my

VPN service now if you want to access

the startup folder for everybody on your

computer type in Shell common startup so

there's no space between the colon and

common but there is a space between

common and startup when you open this

folder you'll see the startup folder for

everybody so anything in here will

automatically run for all users on your

computer so these are two easy folders

to access but what if you want to add a

your own startup program to them well

it's pretty easy note that most software

does have an option in its preferences

that there's just a checkbox that says

we're on it startup so you should look

at your programs options before you do

this because that's an easier way but if

you're using a piece of software that

doesn't have that option you can make

your own shortcut so what you want to do

is you want to first find the program

you want to create a shortcut for in

this case we'll do Firefox so start

typing Firefox or whatever you want to

do in your Windows Start menu and then

right click its icon choose send to and

then desktop create shortcut and that

will send a shortcut icon for that

program onto your desktop I already have

one here and then all you have to do is

drag and drop that icon into the startup

folder or cut and paste it in this case


in this case we'll press control X to

cut and then control V to paste and then

just to provide administrative

permissions to copy to that folder and

you'll see the Firefox icon in there now

the reason we use a shortcut for this is

so that you don't have to move the

actual installation file the normal

executable and if you ever decide you

don't want Firefox running at startup

you can just delete this icon and you

don't have to worry about replacing the

original executable so I'm going to

delete this just for now and that's how

you manually add a program to startup

now that's that you can do it this way

but there's a more powerful way to do it

and that's through the windows task

manager so to open the task manager you

can press ctrl shift escape on your

keyboard or right-click on the taskbar

and choose task manager once it's open

if you see a basic window like this just

click on more details and then choose

the startup tab now here you're gonna

see all the programs that are set to

automatically run on your computer and

you get a couple of key details about

them you can sort by name obviously but

you can also sort by startup impact

which shows you how much impact that has

on your computer so something that's

high is gonna take longer and use more

energy something that's low is gonna be

pretty minimal and there's also a lot of

programs you'll see that are none or not

measured so here you can go through and

if there's any software on here that you

don't really use you can click on it and

then just click the disable button in

the corner to prevent it from running it

startup some software you can read more

about this in the linked article but

some software you should always have

running it startup your backup software

is important so that you don't have to

remember to backup manually your

antivirus software so that you don't let

me obviously you want that running at

all times and then any software you use

normally so like dittos clipboard

manager i don't want to have to remember

to start that every time i open up my

computer so i have that running

automatically um so that's that and then

some programs you shouldn't have running

at startup you don't really need any

kind of like game or media software so

you don't need like iTunes or discord or

steam unless you use those all the time

the the draw they take when you boot

your computer up is not worth having

them run at startup so just open them

when you need to I mean you don't need

things like adobe reader helper or

spotify web help or that is on this

as well so you can disable those and

then real quick while you're in here if

you right-click upon this header bar a

long name you can add a couple of

additional bits of information the task

manager so in addition to startup impact

and startup type you can choose command

line which will show you where the

program is located and this startup type

field will tell you registry or folder

if it says registry the program probably

set itself to run its startup when you

installed it or you check the box that

says let this run its startup if its

folder then there's a shortcut for it

and either the folders we talked about

earlier and that is but basically all

you need to know about the Windows

startup folder so it's important to know

what's running at startup on your

computer because the more that's running

obviously the higher of a draw it has on

your system so we recommend going

through and disabling anything that you

don't use normally so that it reduces

that draw on your computer and then

enable things that you do actually use

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