Start-up folder location in Windows 8

From Windows 95 to Windows 7 there was a folder called Start-up available in Windows Start menu. In this folder users were able to manage programs, which ran after the Windows boot up.

In Windows 8 , you cannot longer access the Start-up folder and manage programs you want to run after computer boot. However, there are solutions, how to open Start-up folder in Windows 8.

Open Start-up folder with Windows Explorer

Open Windows Explorer. Click on View option → Check the box Hidden Items.

Windows 8 show hidden files and folders
Windows 8 view hidden items option in Windows Explorer

Open Local Disk (System Disk etc.) and navigate to:

Users\"MyUser"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Start-up

Windows 8 start-up folder
Windows 8 Start-up folder

Now you can add, or manage apps, which are started after the Windows boot up (They are shortcuts to apps → right mouse click → New → Shortcut).

Open Start-up folder with Run

Another way is to open Metro and type Run in search box, or find Run app in the applications list and launch it.

Windows 8 Metro Search

Metro Search option

If you have Windows 8.1 you can click on Start button on desktop by right mouse click and select Run option.

Type to Open box:


and click on OK button.

Windows 8 Run option
Windows 8 Run app

The Start-up folder will be opened in the Windows File Explorer.

You can also manage Start-up list with new Windows 8 Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Escape shortcut). Open it → click on More details option → click on Start-up tab and you can enable, or disable apps which are started after Windows boot up.

How to manage Start-up wit task manager
Windows 8 Task Manager

Related software and links:

Microsoft Windows 8 icon

Microsoft Windows 8    Microsoft Windows platform
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