Posted by: kurtsh | November 23, 2021

HOWTO: Add/Remove Win32 & UWP Programs in StartUp on Windows 11

If you want to auto-start an applications in Windows 11 – regardless of whether it’s a UWP or a Win32 app – do the following:

imageOPEN THE APPS FOLDER
Open File Explorer (any file folder window) and copy the following into the address bar to go to the “apps” folder:

shell:appsfolder

These are the apps that are installed on your Windows 11 computer. Keep this window open.

imageOPEN THE STARTUP FOLDER
Next, open another instance of File Explorer (again, any other file folder window) and  following folder:

shell:startup

These are the applications that are set to “automatically start” upon login.  There may or may not be anything here.

COPY A SHORTCUT FROM “APPS” TO “STARTUP”
Finally, using your right mouse button, drag the icon for the app you want FROM THE APPS FOLDER window to the STARTUP FOLDER window and “create shortcut”.

That’s it.  Next time you login, it’ll run this UWP or Win32 app you’ve shortcutted to.


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