Windows 7 tweaks: Automatically launch desired application programs at startup

There are times when you want to automatically start certain application programs in Windows 7 that you use very often. This comes in very handy when you turn on your Windows 7 system and can stroll away for a while, and when you return your desired application programs are already in open state.

windows 7 tips
windows 7 tips

Compatible OS’s with the tweak

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7


The tweak requires no third-party applications or registry editing. The only thing you’ll need to make sure is that the location of startup folder in Windows operating system is noted down properly. Other thing needed is a program shortcut in the autostart folder.


# Open the Windows Explorer and look out for the following location:

C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

# You can paste the above given path location in the Windows Explorer address bar.

* Replace the username with the current logged-in Windows 7 username

# This will open up the Windows 7 startup folder.

# Now, go to the resident folder of application program/software you want to autostart at Windows 7 startup.

# Lookout for the .exe file and copy/paste or drag and drop the file to the Windows 7 Startup folder.

# For example, if you want to start Internet Explorer at startup, then go to the Internet Explorer resident folder and then copy paste the .exe file there.

autostart windows 7 programs
autostart windows 7 programs

The tweak works for Windows Xp and Vista system’s too. To locate the startup folder browse to the following locations:

Windows XP- C:Documents and SettingsusernameStart MenuProgramsStartup

Windows Vista- C:usersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu

Then perform the above mentioned tweak to startup Windows programs automatically.

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