Some apps designed with options to make it runs automatically when startup. Antivirus, Skype, and any third-party programs have this policy to help the user using the app immediately after the computer has turned on. However, developers might forget to add “run at startup” options, leaving this gap and eventually requires a user to launch it manually.
Sure, we can’t blame developers for this flaw. Several apps also considered as high-consume memory so running it on the startup isn’t ideal for general computer specifications. But, thanks for additional features by Microsoft. Now you can add a certain app(s) to runs automatically when startup even though the app itself doesn’t come with that ability.
Microsoft provides a Startup folder where you can put any programs inside it. From my experience, this folder should be available on the recent OS, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Nonetheless, an older system might be implemented similar capability within.
Make App Runs Automatically when Startup
Locate the app’s directory. Find the executable file (EXE) and Create shortcut through the right-click menu. For example, I’m going to create a shortcut for a temperature monitor app called SpeedFan.
For mainstream case, which the file is located in Local Disk C: you may see a warning like this. Windows don’t allow you to create a shortcut in the C directories, so it will be placed on the desktop instead. Click Yes to continue.
Copy (CTRL+C) or cut (CTRL+X) the shortcut that has been made, then launch Windows Explorer, type “startup” and press Enter on the directory bar.
Paste the shortcut (CTRL+V) to the Startup directory.
Now the program is set to launch automatically at startup. You can see its status on the Windows Task Manager, on the Startup menu tab.
Try to restart the machine and see if the expected app run as it should be. You can add multiple apps in the Startup folder.
But remember about the computer’s capabilities. Running too many apps when Windows just started may resulting in higher waiting time on startup.
To kill the program you can go to the Startup directory and delete the shortcut or from Task Manager, go to Startup tab and select an app you want to disable.
Hence, make sure you understand the limit the number of startup programs. You may be interested to check out how to disable several default background apps on Windows 10.