Windows 11 startup registry location and autostart settings

Windows 11 start-up registry location is divided into all users and user-only, and the registry key name is the same name and managed by “Run key”. You can stop automatic startup or set startup by editing the Run value in the startup registry. This page introduces the location of the startup registry and the setting for automatic startup.
Please refer to the following page for how to set automatic startup in the startup folder.
Startup registry location

Startup by registry (auto-start) is for all users and user-only and is set up in different locations, so we’re showing you the location of each startup registry. Editing the startup registry is the same.

How to open Registry Editor

  • Press “Windows” and “R” on your keyboard.
  • When Run opens, type regedit in the text box and click OK.
  • Click Yes when the User Account Control warning appears.
“Run” can also be opened from Start.

 Startup registry location for all users

Open autostart startup registry for all users

Click the “>” icon to expand the registry key

  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion

, and Run is the startup registry key for all users. 

expand in address box
Paste the following location into the address box and press “Enter” on your keyboard.

User-only startup registry location

Open user-private autostart startup registry

Click the “>” icon to expand the registry key

  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion

, and Run is the user-only startup registry key.

expand in address box
Paste the following location into the address box and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
Setting the startup registry to start automatically
There are two autostart registries, one for all users and one for user only, but the method for setting autostart is the same. Also, make a backup of the registry key “Run” in case a problem occurs due to an incorrect operation.

Stop autostarts registered in the startup registry

Stopping automatic startup of the Startup Registry deletes the value it registers in the Run key. Right-click the desired application, and then click “Delete” in the menu.
 A confirmation to delete the value will be displayed, so click “Yes” if there is no mistake.
 This completes stopping automatic startup by the Startup Registry. At the next sign-in or start-up, apps with deleted values, etc. will not be automatically started.

Register it in the Startup Registry and let it start automatically

Autostart registration adds a value within the Run key of the startup registry. If it is registered in the user-only registry, it will not start automatically for other users.

Here, as an example, how to automatically start the “Google Chrome browser” after signing in is explained.

1. Right-click Run, point to New in the menu, and click String Value in the submenu.
 2. “New value” will be added, so change it to your favorite name ( alphanumeric ). Here we call it ” Chrome “.
 3. Double-click the changed name value to open Edit String.
 4. Enter the path (location) of the executable file to be automatically started in “Value data”.
Be careful when entering the path in “Value data”.

  • Please make sure the path (location) is correct before entering.
  • Do not forget to enter the single-byte double quotes “”” at the beginning and end of the path.

If the path is wrong or there is a mistake in the input format, it will not start automatically after signing in. At worst, Windows 11 may have problems.

Check the path of the executable file to be automatically started

To easily check the path (location), right-click the shortcut icon and click “Properties” in the menu.
 You can check the path in “Link Destination” in the “Shortcut” tab of the properties.
” C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe ” is the path to the Chrome executable.
5. Check that the value data “Path” is entered correctly and click “OK”.
 This completes the operation of registering it in the registry and starting it automatically. At the next sign-in or start-up, the app with the added value will automatically start.

Startup has a system registration type in addition to the registry.
The following page introduces how to set the automatic launch of startup apps registered in the system.

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