I am a long time user of the Start menu’s “Startup” folder to run several apps that I want to launch after on logon. With the new Start menu now not showing this folder, I decided to figure out how to accomplish this task.

I go into this already knowing the location this folder sits on disk. It is the merger of the following two folders:

  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

My question is how to get a shortcut to my favorite startup apps into these folders without having to navigate to these deep directories.

The best solution I have found for this is the following Shell commands that can be run from the run box (WIN+R):

  • shell:startup
  • shell:common startup

This will do.