Windows 10 Startup Folder – How To Locate and Fix Errors

Windows 10 startup is not working” is a common technical snag. Well, you’ve come to the right place to solve this common problem. Let’s check out what it is and how to locate and fix the errors.

Windows 10 Startup Folder – How To Locate and Fix Errors

What is The Startup Folder?

Basically, the Windows Startup folder includes the list of programs that run automatically once the PC is switched on. It has shortcuts to the programs that run on Windows. To put it plainly, you can run regular programs using these shortcut folders. Additionally, you can also modify these folders to make changes to the Windows 10 Startup programs.

To manage user preferences, Windows 10 uses two different startup folders:

  • The first folder shows up at the system level and applies to all users
  • The second folder holds the applications which are specific to the particular user, and hence, is called a user-specific folder


For instance, if you have a program (say, Chrome) in the startup folder for all users, then the program will start irrespective of who logs in. However, if you put Chrome in the startup folder for a particular user X, then only when that user logs in will the program start.

How is Prioritisation Done?

It is worth noting that programs in the startup folder don’t start right away after you boot your system. Windows has a predetermined order that it turns to while booting:

It launches the critical systems process first

  • Followed by essential system tasks in the Task Manager
  • Lastly, Windows turns to your startup folder and launches programs located there


If your startup folder is crowded, your computer may experience lag.

Where is The Windows 10 Startup Folder Located

Finding this folder is vital if you want to edit programs that open when you boot your system.


Method 1:

  1. Find the File Manager
  2. Then, open C:\ All Users\ AppData\ Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. After opening this folder, you will have a list of the programs that launch when you boot your system

Method 2: Shell Command

This alternative method uses commands to open the startup folder. The Command Prompt (Shell) is required for it.

  1. Click on the Windows Startbutton
  2. Alternatively, just press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu
  3. Spot the search box
  4. Once you do, type “Run” and press “Enter
  5. A dialogue box will pop up on the screen. Use this command;

shell:common startup

  1. Press “Enter

How to Fix Errors

Before starting on the fixing journey, we need to understand the difference between two deceptively similar errors that are both very common:

  • Window 10 start button not working
  • Windows 10 startup folder not working

Both of these errors are worlds apart and may appear due to different reasons.

Solution 1:

The most efficient and straightforward way to fix the Windows 10 startup folder not working error is to find the corrupt application that is stopping the startup folder from loading:

  • Press the CTRL+Shift+ESCkeys to launch the Task Manager and then open the startup tab from there
  • You’ll see the startup folder there. Open it and proceed to enable the programs one by one
  • And, if for some reason, you can’t open the folder anymore, identify the most recent application you enabled
  • Proceed to removethat app from the startup folder

After you do this, hopefully, the Windows 10 startup folder will launch error-free. If not, check out Solution 2.

Solution 2:

If you aren’t able to access the Windows 10 startup folder, then try creating a batch file instead. After that, the programs in the batch file should start up every time your OS starts.


This is how you can create a batch file manually:


  • Create and open a new text document on your Windows system
  • Next, copy the line below and paste it into that document-

@echo off

“C:\ Program Files \ DAEMON Tools \ DTLauncher.exe”


  • Next, choose File>Save As, then change the document’s extension to .batinstead of .txt.
  • Close the document and double-click on the batch file to run it.

When you start the system next time, the program will start. However, the UAC (User Account Control) message will be promoted.


There are many other solutions like reinstalling the program, inserting the shortcut manually, disabling UAC (User Account Control), editing Windows 10 registry, etc. If you don’t have time to follow the manual steps or are not an advanced user, you can scan your system using a third-party PC Repair Tool.

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