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    Post Windows Registry Startup Paths

    Here is a list of Windows Registry Startup Paths for applications and programs when they are launched at Startup.

    1. Via Start up folder.

    First enable show hidden files option and then navigate to any of the following paths and Add shortcuts of the programs to be run at start up.

    C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ( In Vista )

    C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Start Menu\ Programs\Startup ( In XP )

    C:\ Users\AllUsers\ AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ( In Vista )

    C:\Documents and Settings\AllUsers\Start Menu\ Programs\Startup ( In XP )


    2. Via Registry.

    Navigate to any of the following path according to your requirement and then add a new “String key” and store path of the Program to be run in this key’s value.

    For Local Machine-
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\RunOnce

    For Current User-
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\RunOnce

    Other Paths
    HKU\ProgID\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersi on\Run
    systemdrive\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    systemdrive\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    3.Programs to run at logon time or when explorer runs.

    Navigate to path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\WinLogon\ and add path of your program to be run as follows.

    • Via Shell String as by editing value of key “Shell” as explorer.exe, <path of your program with extension .exe>”.

    • Via Userinit String as by editing value of key “Userinit” as C:\Windows\System32,,<path of Your program with extension .exe>”.

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    Nice share Thanks !

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    In Vista there is also an easy way. Type SHELL:STARTUP into the start/search field and press ENTER. That will bring up the startup folder into which you can drag any program shortcut from the desktop. That's all.

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    Thank Arvind for such informative thread .... it helps to manage startup programs

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    Thanks whs for the addl input

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    Thanks admins, mods and whs!

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    Nice sharing

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    Thanx for the post....arvind and WHS !

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    This is great!

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