How to add a program to Windows 11 autostart

How to add a program to Windows 11 autostart

Windows 11 autostart programs are those utilities that run when a user logs on. Many of them are added to the autorun automatically when you install them, but you can also manually configure the program's autorun if you wish.

This tutorial details how to add a program to the Windows 11 autostart in various ways: in the registry editor, by placing a shortcut in the autostart folder, and more.

Add a program to autostart in the registry

The first method is the most useful, although it is not the easiest. You can add a program to autostart Windows 11 using the registry editor. The steps will be the following:

  1. Run the registry editor. To do this in Windows 11, you can right-click the Start button, select Run, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. In the registry editor, navigate to the section (Left Folders)

    if autorun is required for the current user only, or to a similar subsection in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (if autorun is required for all users).

  3. Right-click on a blank space in the right pane of the registry editor, select “Create” – “String Parameter” and specify any name for it (usually a program name is specified).
  4. Double-click the newly created parameter and change its value to the full path of the executable program file in quotes. There is no need to enter the path manually: just right-click on the program's executable file and select "Copy as path" from the context menu; the path will be copied in quotes. If you want to run the program with parameters, specify them after the closing quote after a space.

This completes the process: the program is added to autostart and will start automatically the next time you connect.

Note that it is the path of the program's executable (exe) file that needs to be specified, not its shortcut. If you don't know the actual location of the executable file, you can right-click on the shortcut and select "File Location" to navigate to the folder that contains the file.

Autorun folder in Windows 11

The second method is to add a shortcut to the program to the Windows 11 autorun folder. The actual startup folder is located in the following location:

C:Usersимя_пользователяAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

but you can get to it faster. All necessary steps:

  1. Press the keys Win + R on the keyboard, enter shell: startup in the Run dialog box and press Enter. This will open a folder with the program's shortcuts on autostart.
  2. Create or copy a shortcut to the program in this folder. An easy way to create a shortcut is to drag and drop the program's executable file while holding down the right mouse button, release the mouse button and select "Create Shortcuts".

The next time you start Windows 11, the program whose shortcut has been placed in the autorun folder should start automatically.

Enabling Previously Disabled Autorun Items

When using the methods described above, it is possible that, although some programs have already been added to autorun before your actions, they will not start. This can happen if automatic loading of these programs has been turned off in Windows 11 settings or Task Manager. If you want, you can turn it back on in two ways:

  1. Go to Settings – Applications – Autoload and turn on autoload for the desired items in the list.
  2. Open the Windows 11 Task Manager (you can right-click on the Start button and select the desired menu item), go to the “Autoload” tab, and right-click on the desired item, activate its self-assessment.

Among the additional options for adding programs to the autoloader:

  • See the settings of the program itself - many utilities have an item in their settings that allows you to add them to automatic startup.
  • Create a job in the job scheduler to start the program when the session starts. More information: Windows Task Scheduler for Beginners.

In case you still have questions about Windows 11 autoloading programs – describe the problem in the comments, I think a solution will be found.

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