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Windows 10 startup location

The startup location of Windows 10 is managed by “Task Manager or App Settings” and “Folder Type Startup”.
* The previous Windows startup was in “System Configuration (msconfig)”, but it has been changed to Task Manager. End reference “msconfig startup is gone” This page introduces the startup location and settings.
Autostart settings are also managed in places other than startup.

Startup location and settings

The place to set the task manager and the application is different, but the management function is the same, and you can set it by operating either startup.
There are two startup folder locations: common for all users and user-specific. 

  • Startup managed by task manager or app settings can be set by switching “enable/disable” by clicking.
  • Startup managed in the Startup folder is set by “Delete/Add” such as a shortcut icon.

Task Manager Startup

task manager startup location

Right-click anywhere in the taskbar where there is no icon.
From the menu that appears, click Task Manager.

When Task Manager opens, click Startup on the tab menu.

*If the tab menu is not displayed, it should be in simple display, so click “Details (D)” at the bottom left to switch to detailed display. 

Task Manager Startup Settings

  • Click on the app you want to configure in the startup screen to select it.
  • Startup (automatic start) is enabled, and if you want to stop it, click “Disable”.
    Anything you disable will not start automatically the next time you start your computer.
  • If you want to change from “disabled” to “enabled”, click the app you want to auto-start and click “Enable”.
    Anything you enable will start automatically the next time you start your computer.

App Settings Startup

app settings startup location

Click the Start menu and click Settings (gear icon).
 When the setting screen opens, click “Apps”.
 When the “Apps” setting screen is displayed, click “Startup”. 

Startup settings in app settings

  • On the startup apps screen, the registered apps are displayed, so click the switch button to set them.
  • Set the switch button to “off” to disable autostart, and to “on” to enable autostart.

Startup In Folder Format

Startup location in folder format

Folder-style startup locations are managed in two ways: common to all users and user-specific. The startup folder is set as a hidden file, so set to show hidden files first. Setting to display hidden files
Click “View” in Explorer to display the contents related to display, so click “Hidden files” and put a check mark.

Common startup folder location for all users Click the “>” icon to expand the tree.

  • Local disk (C:)
  • Program Data
  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • Start Menu
  • Programs

and click “Startup” to open the location of the startup folder common to all users.

User-specific startup folder location Click the “>” icon to expand the tree.

    • Local disk (C:)
    • Users
    • username folder
    • AppData
    • Roaming
    • Microsoft
    • Windows
    • Start Menu
    • Programs

and click Startup to open the user-specific startup folder location. 

Folder style startup settings

If you put an app shortcut icon or executable file in the startup folder, the app will start automatically after you sign in.
In addition to apps, you can also put shortcut icons for folders and files and automatically open them after signing in.

msconfig startup is goneIn Windows 7, “Startup” that was set in msconfig “System configuration” is now operated from “Task Manager” or settings in Windows 10. Even in Windows 10, you can call “System Configuration” with msconfig, but on the startup setting screen, there is a message “Use [Startup] in Task Manager to manage startup items.  A link to the startup is attached. Click “Open Task Manager” to open “Startup” of “Task Manager”.

Windows 10 no longer manages “Startup” in “System Configuration msconfig”.

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