Unlike previous versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Windows 8 comes with a revamped Metro Start Menu called Start Screen, which holds all the native and installed Metro apps, shortcuts to system utilities, desktop applications, PC Settings, Audio and Video players and more. Although Windows 8 Start Screen acts as central dashboard for all the most frequently used apps and visited system locations, it makes a bit difficult to search and launch Windows system programs and folders. Amongst Windows 8 User Profile folders, Windows Startup Folder is one which can’t be opened using the Start Screen search, and therefore, you need to manually navigate to Windows Startup folder to add, edit and delete the Windows Startup items. Unlike Windows 7 where one can easily open Startup folder from All Programs link (accessible from Start Menu), Windows 8 users need to manually pin Startup folder either at taskbar or Start Screen in order to gain quick access to items that launch with Windows logon. In this post, we will help you find the Windows 8 Startup folder, so you can easily add and edit the Windows 8 startup items.
Using Windows 8 Start Screen search, you can instantly open Advanced Startup options, view programs that start up automatically with Windows and change Window To GO startup options. It doesn’t include shortcut to Windows 8 Startup folder. However, you can use Window 8 Run console to quickly open AppData folder, which resides inside your User Profile folder, to get to Startup folder.
Open Windows 8 Startup Folder
To begin, use Windows + R hotkey combination, and enter %AppData%. It will open Roaming profile folder, letting you view installed applications’ folders and navigate through Windows system folders. You will find the Startup folder in \Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.
In order to quickly navigate to Startup folder, open Windows Explorer and input the following path in address bar with your user profile folder name, and then press Enter.
C:\Users\<User Profile folder name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
This will take you directly to Windows 8 Startup folder.
You can use Pin to Start option from right-click context menu to quickly open the Startup folder from Windows Start Screen.
Selecting the Pin to Start option will send the shortcut to the folder to Start Screen.
View & Edit Startup Items
Windows 8 doesn’t show Startup items in System Configuration utility, casually known as msconfig.exe. The Startup tab includes a link to Windows 8 Task Manager –> Startup window which contains all system and user startup applications and scripts.
The Startup section in Task Manager lets you easily organize startup items. It also gives information about the startup item, such as Publisher name, Status and Startup impact (a built-in tool that measures the time it takes to load the startup item). Right-clicking the item will allow you to disable the startup item, navigate to item’s source path, view Properties and initiate online search to get more information on the selected item.