How to find the Windows 11 startup folder location

Windows 11 has a new UI, a new Start Menu, and several other design changes. It still works similar to Windows 10 in many ways. Windows 11 still has a Start Menu, and it still allows users to run apps or open files at a glance. To run apps at boot, they need to be added to the startup folder.

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Windows 11 startup folder settings

Windows 11 has two boot folders. It has a public or user startup folder. Items added to this folder will open for all users configured on the system. the second starter pack is specific to a user. Each user will have their own startup folder designed on Windows 11 system and the added items will open at boot only for that user.

Windows 11 Startup folder setting – All users

The Windows 11 startup folder for all users is located at the address below.

C>ProgramData>Microsoft>Windows>Start Menu>Programs>StartUp

The ProgramData folder is a hidden folder so make sure you have enabled hidden files on Windows 11 before you go looking for it.

Windows 11 Startup folder setting – User folder

To access the Windows 11 Startup folder for the average user, follow these steps.

  1. Tap on the Win + R keyboard shortcut. to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, apply %AppData% and tap on the Enter key.
  3. In the folder that opens, go to Microsoft>Windows>Start Menu>Programs>Startup.

Alternatively, you can use this path by simply replacing your username.

C:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

Add an app to the Windows 11 startup folder

Adding an app, script, or file to the startup folder is easy once you have the folder open. Use this method only if the app does not have an option to run at startup.

  1. Create a shortcut to the app’s EXE.
  2. Open the Starter pack.
  3. Apply next to the app in this folder.
  4. The next time you install the system, the app will open automatically.

Managing startups

Adding apps and files to the startup folder is easy and it’s convenient to open your important apps automatically. That said, you should always try to keep the number of items in the starter folder small. Too many things delay the time it takes for your system to start up. Windows 11 will not prioritize the items according to startup effect. You may have to wait several minutes before booting your system.


Windows 11 looks different from Windows 10 but the changes so far seem cosmic. Some settings have moved, and some have been removed but you will find that the OS still works more or less the same as Windows 10.

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