Whenever you boot up your PC, Windows 10 loads up a bunch of so-called startup programs that open at the same time as the operating system. Some are first-party programs like Windows Defender and OneDrive; others are third-party software that you’ve installed on your PC.
These programs are controlled through a startup folder on your Windows 10 PC. Here we’re going to show you where to find and control what’s in that folder (for all users as well as for the signed-in user).
By default, the Windows 10 Startup folder for all users is “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp.”
You can also access the Startup folder by pressing Win + R, then typing
shell:common startup in the Run box.
To find the Windows 10 Startup folder for the user currently signed in to Windows 10, go to “C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup” or press Win + R, then type
Once you’re in this folder, you may be surprised to find that the programs that start up with Windows 10 aren’t actually here.
You can manually add program shortcuts here, and they’ll start up with your PC from now on, but apps that have been automatically added by third-party software or Windows 10 are controlled from the Task Manager.
To access these, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, then click the Startup tab. From here you can control the rest of your startup programs, right-clicking them and enabling or disabling them as you please.
Now that you have found the Startup folder, you can check to see if these apps are around, as they are known to slow down your Windows startup. You can also delay these startup items from loading immediately to improve the boot up speed.