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Well Windows 8 has no Start Menu anymore and the startup folder has disappeared also.

Where can I find that folder? Or is there a new way with Metro?

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Its still there, just not readily available...addictivetips.com/windows-tips/… –  Moab Oct 19 '12 at 19:01
Oh there it is - quite complicated though. But I'm not able to add new startup applications from the "Task Manager". Just view/deactivate. –  FiveO Oct 22 '12 at 8:03
Just drag your program shortcut to that folder, then it will start with windows. –  Moab Oct 22 '12 at 16:16
Is this really a Windows 8 question? This is no different than in Vista or 7; the folder is in exactly in the same place and used exactly the same: just open the folder and drag a shortcut to it. Nothing special or Windows 8-specific. –  Synetech Oct 30 '12 at 16:05
yes it is. In Win 7 and before I always opened the startup folder from the start menu. This is not possible anymore, therefore a good question. –  FiveO Oct 30 '12 at 19:32

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It can be found here:

C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

or easier to access with this command in the Run Win+R prompt:


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Here are even more explanations of how accessing/viewing the startup folder.

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shell:startup works in Win7, as well! –  Leftium Oct 21 '12 at 18:08
Wouldn’t it be better to use environment variables instead of a hard-coded path? –  Synetech Oct 30 '12 at 16:05
Don't understand what you mean. This has nothing to do with environment variables, this shows just the path to the startup folder. –  FiveO Oct 30 '12 at 17:26

Try the below mentioned steps to add the startup programs in Windows 8

1.Open the Run command by clicking Windows key+R

2.Type in the command as %appdata% -> Press Enter. This should take you to “C:\Users\AppData\Roaming”.

3.Go to \Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup . The full path should look like: “C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup”.

Note: You can easily skip the steps 2 and 3 by simply typing the command shell:Startup in Run command instead of %appdata%

4.Now add any shortcut which you wanted to add in for the startup applications. You can do it by simply copying the existing shortcut and place it here. or Rihgt Click mouse -> New ->Create Shortcut and you can browse the wanted program to add shortcut

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