Autostart windows 10: all myths dispelled and explained

For a long time, a special folder was solely responsible for the autostart, but windows 10 does a lot differently here. To load programs and apps automatically at system startup, there are now a whole series of possibilities.

Before we look at the individual options in detail, we should first mention the apps – these can also be started automatically and can also be loaded automatically

autostart (windows 10) briefly explained

After turning on the computer, windows 10 first starts the search window system, after that services (including the entries from the task scheduling) and then download programs from the autostart folder.

Here again in the overview, it start first:

  1. System files (incl. Registry)
  2. Task scheduler
  3. Autostart programs

However, the desktop is already visible at point 2. This multi-level startup process of windows 10 causes information about the automatically starting services and programs to be stored in different locations. The access to them is therefore also very different.

We start in reverse order with the last loaded autostart programs.

The autostart folder (current user)

The windows autostart folder contains shortcuts for all applications that start together with windows.

The fastest way to get there is via windows + R . When the execute window appears, insert the following line:

Option 1: call via shell command

And then press the enter key.

Option 2: call via path specification

Alternatively, specifying the path will also work. This is:

Note: %HOMEPATH% is a variable that stands for the folder C:\ username; you can copy the path above like this and paste it into the execute-box; %HOMEPATH% will then be automatically replaced by the appropriate folder names.

The folder "appdata" is hidden by default and therefore not visible. This can be changed via the folder view.

Windows 10 Task Manager: show hidden items

Windows 10 taskmanager: show hidden elements

Now you can delete or add shortcuts (more about this later). In this folder you will only find all shortcuts of the currently logged on user. At least as many programs nest themselves in the autostart folder for all users a.

The autostart folder (all users)

To open this folder, do the same again. Again, the fastest way is usually to first press windows + R.

Possibility 1: call via shell-command

Attention, now the correct command is ..

Possibility 2: call via path specification

The path (without homepath) is as follows:

Now you can also add or delete shortcuts in this folder.

add program to autostart folder (windows 10)

In the autostart folder you can add or remove shortcuts to applications. Click with the right button of the mouse inside the autostart folder. Then select new > shortcut in the context menu.

The best way is to create a shortcut to the Windows 10 autostart folder

It is best to create a shortcut to the windows 10 autostart folder

Enter the path to the exe file of the application by typing:

  • Click on browse;
  • type the location; or
  • Paste the path from the clipboard.

Create shortcut (2)

Create shortcut (2)

Next click on CONTINUE.

Additionally, you can change the name of the shortcut as desired. Finally click on finish to create the shortcut.

Autostart folder - name shortcut

autostart folder – name shortcut

Now the shortcut appears in your autostart folder.

If you want to remove a link, click on it with the right button of the mouse. Next select delete from the context menu.

Delete autostart folder shortcuts

Delete startup folder shortcuts

Autostart (windows 10) via task scheduling

As mentioned at the beginning, not all programs entered manually in the autostart folder run correctly. In this case you can try to use the task scheduler for this purpose.

Using windows + R and the command

Opens the task scheduling. In order to see all scheduled tasks, the "hidden tasks" must first be shown via "view". This will display all scheduled (auto-starting) operations in the lower half of the screen.

Windows 10 task scheduler: show hidden tasks

Windows 10 task scheduler: show hidden tasks

How to schedule tasks and deactivate them again or delete them completely, we describe in the article task scheduling windows 10.

Autostart entries in the task manager

As mentioned, not all applications that start when the computer is booted are displayed in the autostart folders.

Most applications can be identified with the task-manager. To do this, right-click the mouse on the taskbar and select task manager.

Autostart folder - Task Manager

By clicking the tab "autostart" the started programs will be displayed. Now you can display the properties and the location of the program by right clicking on the respective entry. You can also prevent the autostart of this program. Some stubborn representatives like the microsoft office upload center utility unfortunately, even after deactivating at this point, they persistently appear here.

The column startup effects shows you how much the start of an application delays the start of the boot process.

Windows 10 autostart folder

Furthermore, you can control the autostart of an application by selecting the program and selecting it:

  • Activate

autostart folder - enable applications

  • Disable

Windows 10 autostart folder: disable autostart folder applications

windows 10 autostart management

For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that there are of course also windows 10 tools that show the apps that start automatically.

Via startsettingsappsautostart the following administration opens

Autostart apps in Windows 10

Autostart apps under windows 10

autostart windows 10 via registry

Experienced users can search for further entries in the registry look. changes here have to be done very carefully and best only after a backup of the registry and the system harddisk.

By pressing the "windows-key + R" you get back to the "execute window". There enter "regedit" and confirm. Then open the registry. In five places, if available, entries can be searched for:

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ microsoft\ windows\ currentversion\ run (for 64-bit and 32-bit programs )
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ microsoft\ windows\ currentversion\ runonce (for 64-bit and 32-bit programs)
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ wow6432node\ microsoft\ windows\ currentversion\ run (for 32-bit programs under windows 64-bit)
  4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ wow6432node\ microsoft\ windows\ currentversion\ runonce (for 32-bit programs under windows 64-bit)
  5. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ software\ microsoft\ windows\ currentversion\ run

Pro-tip: manage autostart with autoruns

Finally, the ultimate tip that will probably save you a lot of time. The fastest and clearest way to manage the autostart is with the small tool "autoruns". It comes from microsoft and is in version 13.51 also best for windows 10.

the free program, which runs without installation, is best downloaded from the original website https://technet.Microsoft.Com/en/de/sysinternals/bb963902 download. Unpacked into a folder, it is immediately executable and lists all automatically started services and programs. "autoruns" shows calls with a yellow background, which do not lead to any file and only slow down unnecessarily.

Windows 10: Freewaretool 'autoruns

Windows 10: freewaretool “autoruns

Such entries can be immediately removed from the autostart by removing the checkmark. The changes will be effective the next time the computer is restarted. With "autoruns" it is very easy to experiment, which additional entries can be deactivated.

If windows 10 does not run as desired, the checkmarks can be easily set again.

Conclusion: autostart windows 10

The autostart still exists under windows 10, but msconfig no longer does. this tool was very popular under windows 7 and 8, more details can be found in the article disable autostart programs.

Conclusion under windows 10: searching for corresponding entries with on-board tools is possible, but sometimes tedious. Faster and more comfortable is the freewaretool "autoruns". It runs without installation, is easy to operate and clearly displays all information.

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