How to Set a Program as a Startup Program

There are two ways to set any program as a startup program in Windows 10. Let’s find out what they are. 

Method #1

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before continuing. 

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run. 

Right-click on the blank area in the right pane.

Move your mouse over “New.” Click on “String Value.” 

Type the name you wish. I recommend you use the program name so you can easily recall it. Press the “Enter” key. 

Double-click that now. 

You should enter the path of the program’s executable in the “Value data” field. 

Then click “OK.” 

That’s all. 

The startup program can be removed when not required or disabled by following the steps outlined in this guide

Follow these steps to remove a startup program: 

I recommend that you create a backup of the Registry. 

In the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run. 

In the right pane, right-click on the key you wish to delete. 

Hit “Delete.” 

In the confirmation pop-up, hit “Yes.” 

Method #2

Copy the shortcut to the program. 

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. 

Press “Enter” after typing shell:startup. 

You can see the “Startup” folder. 

Paste the shortcut in it. 

That’s all. 

If you don’t need the startup program, you can remove the shortcut in the “Startup” folder or disable it using the steps in this guide


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