Where is the startup folder located in Windows 7 for a user and all users profile

Have you ever wondered where is the startup folder for a user and all users profile in Windows Seven ? The startup folder can run programs on a user log on locally which can be very helpful in Windows systems administration tasks. Back in Windows XP days, this folder use to be located in C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and for all users profile the location of the Startup folder use to be C:\Documents and Settings\All users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. In Windows Seven however, access to the Documents and Settings folder is totally denied. So how can you run scripts and programs such as batch files on a user logon in Windows Seven ?

It is still pretty much done the same way, except the location of the startup folder is quite different. Many systems administrators carry out local systems administration tasks still by putting a batch file or program in the startup folder for an individual user or all users on a Windows Seven machine, hence when the user or all users log on to the machine] the batch file or program is executed locally.


The new location of the folders is as follows:

For an individual user:

C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

For all users:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Here C: is the drive letter of your computers System Drive (Where the Windows folder is located)

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Very good article. I knew those locations from previous seaches but found it to still be interesting. Win XP had a startup folder in the default user's profile. This is great when you want to only run a program the first time someone logs on and not every time. I can't seem to find the same folder in Windows 7. I have hundreds of users that I want to see a text document when they first logon, but I don't want it running every time. Most of my computers have multiple users and so I can't put the file in the all users and delete it after it has launched because it won't be there for the next user when he/she logs on for the first time. Does anyone know how to accomlish this? Thanks in advance. Rick


for cmd sintaxis to open folder in file explorer you should use In Windows 7 the location of your personal startup folder is: %systemdrive%\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup For all users, you will find the startup folder in: %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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Thank you. Good Stuff!

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thank you very much for your answer, I tried many time to find this folder in windows seven as it was very helpful for me previously using it with XP, thanks

Thanks VERY much - succinct,

Thanks VERY much - succinct, and totally correct!

Thank you

Thank you for answering my question perfectly :)

Thank you for answering my

Thank you for answering my questeion perfectly :)

This article sucks! Can't

This article sucks! Can't even give a straight answer.

It worked just perfectly!

You should really learn to read and follow directions before trashing somebody for their comments and assistance. It works perfectly if you just follow the file paths closely. Bonehead

gud article ppl who can't

gud article ppl who can't find the folder and says this article sucks are dumb

Learn to read.

Learn to read.

Thanks for writing this up.

Thanks for writing this up. Sometimes I just need a little bump in the right direction.

Yes, Thanks for your

Yes, Thanks for your effort.... It was very helpful. I hope you ignore all the haters.

...waste of time

After all that, the start up folder is located in the start menu under 'All Programs' ...maybe thats just mine, but i doubt it.

That is true but it won't

That is true but it won't help you if what you need to find is the "all users" startup folder. This article does help with that.

Umnn Yea, if you would have

Umnn Yea, if you would have read carefully, that's what it says LOL !

bloody big article for "press

bloody big article for "press start menu, click programs, click start menu'.


You don't understand the difference between a file system location and a GUI.