Well, Windows 8 has no Start Menu any more and the startup folder has disappeared also.

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

  • Its still there, just not readily available...addictivetips.com/windows-tips/…
    – Moab
    Oct 19, 2012 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, 2012 at 8:03
  • Just drag your program shortcut to that folder, then it will start with windows.
    – Moab
    Oct 22, 2012 at 16:16
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    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, 2012 at 19:32
  • Related: Run a script on start up on Windows 10 Mar 30, 2018 at 21:39

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It can be found here:

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\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.

  • 1
    shell:startup works in Win7, as well!
    – Leftium
    Oct 21, 2012 at 18:08
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    Wouldn’t it be better to use environment variables instead of a hard-coded path?
    – Synetech
    Oct 30, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:26
  • You would actually use %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
    – c00000fd
    Feb 11, 2021 at 0:37

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

  1. Open the Run command by typing Win+R

  2. Type in the command as %APPDATA% then press Enter. This should take you to C:\Users\[you]\AppData\Roaming.

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

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

  1. 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 placing it here. Or Right-click | New | Create Shortcut and you can browse to the wanted program to add a shortcut to it here

After forgetting the shell:startup command a few times (and doing a cleanup which wiped the history from the run prompt)...

  1. Run shell:startup
  2. Go up one level to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  3. Right-click on the Startup folder
  4. Click 'Pin to Start'

Then it's just Win+'Startup' and the search should find it for you next time you forget.

Ta-da - 10 seconds saved off your life.


The user specific startup folder can be access with shell:startup

The all users version can be accessed with shell:common startup

This can be entered in an Explorer address bar or the Run box.

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