Windows 7: Make Programs Run Automatically During Startup

It’s nice to have programs that you regularly use in Windows 7 available when Windows starts. Here’s how to add programs to the Startup folder.

Go to Start >> All Programs and scroll down to the Startup folder. Right-click it and select Open.

Start Menu

Now drag and drop shortcuts of the programs you want to launch when Windows starts.

Startup Folder

Close out of the Startup folder. The next time you restart your system, those programs will automatically run.
Startup Programs

Keep in mind this will make startup time slower. But it’s nice to have regularly used programs launch and ready to roll.

To remove a program, open the Startup folder and delete the program you don’t need. Or you can disable startup programs using the system configuration utility.

Startup Folder Start Menu



  1. Albert

    November 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This advice is for greenhorns only ;-)

  2. Gary

    July 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I have a Nokia Lumia 800 which is a good phone but I have deleted my Windowslive without thinking that I had phone numbers saved in it’s Address Book. Can someone please tell me how I reload windows live and will I still have my phone numbers or have I lost them for good?

  3. Terence Wade

    August 6, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Doesn’t work for me.

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