Program startup: How to launch an application automatically during startup on Windows

When you are fond of opening the same application over and over again whenever you start your device, it makes sense to have this application startup automatically when Windows starts up. See this guide on how to “Enable or disable startup programs: How to view or change programs that run on startup”.

The following steps below are how to ensure application launches automatically upon startup by adding the application shortcut to the startup folder.

Note: Ensure that the hidden items are displayed or else the ProgramDate folder will not be visible as shown below.

Copy any program shortcut you desire to the path

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Or substitute the ProgrameData as %appdata%


An example here is Notepad ++ as shown below, this shortcut should be copied to this path C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Next, restart the device. The application should automatically launch in full-screen mode.

Note: This can be achieved by registry settings, group policy, and via scheduled tasks. If you wish to have any of these methods documents, kindly let me know via the comment session.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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