Windows 7: Automatically Launch a Program at Startup
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Location of the Startup Folder
Most programs are not automatically set up to open, when the computer is first started. This article will show how to add a program to the Startup folder, which will allow the program to launch upon starting up Windows 7. In this example, C: is the drive letter of your computer's System Drive, where the Windows folder is located.
- For a Single User on a Specific Computer:
- For All Users on a Specific Computer:
- For All Computers in a Specific Group of Computers:
Use Group Policies, which is a feature in Active Directory.
View the Microsoft article on How to Run Programs Automatically When User Logs On.
For more information, see the Active Directory: LSU Overview.
Add a Program to the Startup Folder
1. Select the Start menu and find a program to be set into the Startup folder. Right click on the desired program and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
2. Locate the Startup folder and right-click, select Open. (Help me find the Startup folder!)
3. Select the shortcut, that was placed on the Desktop, and drag into the Startup folder.
4. The program will now automatically start every time the user logs into Windows 7.
Note: To stop this program from launching at startup in the future, right click on the shortcut, within the Startup folder and select Delete.
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Referenced from: Windows.microsoft.com