Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 8.1?

Ok, we all know that a lot of things have changed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 from the “Good Ol’e days”.  While poking around pointlessly this morning, I started to wonder where the Startup folder had gone… and is it still used at all.

If you are looking for the “new” Startup, go to the Task Manager tab for Startup.

Well, the quest for the Startup folder was a bit short-lived but surprisingly not as easy to find as I would have imagined.  Once I found it, I was quite surprised to find out that it is still used… for some applications.

To find the Startup folder in Windows 8.1

Method 1: Normal Desktop Usage with Keyboard and Mouse

  1. Press the Windows Key & R simultaneously.
  2. in the RUN command type shell:startup


Method 2: Through the Windows Modern UI

  1. Swipe down to reveal all programs
  2. Scroll all the way to the right, you will find Run under the Windows System option
  3. in the RUN command type shell:startup

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Either way you go, you still end up here…



About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.