Windows 10 moved the “Start” folder out of the spotlight, but it can still be found if you know where to look. Contains applications that run when you log into your computer.

Home folder vs. Settings app

To prevent apps from starting on login, you should probably use the Startup Apps screen in the Windows 10 Settings app . This is where you can enable or disable the applications that you want to run at startup. It works fine and shows some apps that won’t appear in the Start folders, but you can still access them.

For example, if you want an application to start every time you log into your computer, you can add a shortcut to the Startup folder .

Windows 10 startup settings screen.

How to open the home folder

There are two locations you need to know to find the “Start” folder. One is to determine which applications are started in your personal account, the other is for all users. The programs that are placed in these folders will start when the PC starts. In general, you will want to put shortcuts in this folder, not EXE files.

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To get started, use the Windows keyboard shortcut + R to open the Run menu. Type one of the following in the box and press Enter or click “OK.”

  • Personal user path: shell: start
  • Path of all users: shell: common start

Enter the phrase and click

The Startup folder will open immediately and you will probably see a bunch of folders and program shortcuts.

Suggestion: you can type the above paths into the File Explorer address bar instead of using the Run dialog, if you prefer.

Home folder

You can drag and drop the program shortcuts outside of this folder so that they are start at the beginning or prevent them from starting. It’s very simple. The new method in Settings works for most cases, but this folder method is more flexible as you can add pretty much any shortcut, which cannot be done from within the Settings app.

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