Windows: Add App to Auto Start

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Make an App Start When Microsoft Windows Starts

to make an app (or script) start when Microsoft Windows starts, do:

  1. Create a file shortcut to the program or script path.
  2. Put it in the startup folder.

Microsoft Windows Startup Folder Location

# open windows startup folder
Invoke-Item "~/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Startup"

Easy Way to Open the Windows Startup Folder

  1. Press ❖ Window+r to open the run dialog.
  2. Type shell:startup
Windows 10 Run startup 2021-03-30
Windows 10 Run startup 2021-03-30

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