How To Access Startup Folder in Windows

This is a very short and basic post about how to access startup folder in windows – the easy way.

Normally we access startup folder either by:

1) Opening start menu, then clicking all programs and finally selecting startup folder.
2) Searching for startup folder directly using file explorer.
3) Or navigating to the startup folder manually.

But in this post i am going to share two short shell code or commands which will help you to access startup folder in about 5 to 10 seconds.  All you need to do is put these commands inside command prompt, the run dialog box, or directly by opening start menu in Windows 7 or the Metro UI in Windows 8.

Default Directory

Before that, I would like to share the default directory of Startup Folder for ‘All Users’

1) Windows XP

C:Document and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup

2) Windows 7 and Windows 8

C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp

Shell Commands

These are the shell commands which i have tested in Windows 8:

To access startup folder of All Users: shell:common startup

To access startup folder of current logged in user: shell:startup

access startup folder using shell common startup

As i said previously, You can enter these commands in Command Prompt, Start Menu (Windows 7), or Metro UI (Windows 8). So i hope this helps. I am not sure if these work in Windows XP. But if you give it a try, then please let me know the results in comments below. Thanks for reading.