Automatically starting applications up when you first log into your computer can be a nice time saver. Start your computer up, log in, then go get yourself a cup of coffee while everything starts up.
There are several methods to autorunning applications.
- Many applications have an option in their settings. This is the preferred approach. The application is in full control, then.
- Using a shortcut in the Startup folder. Press
Win + R, type
shell:Startup, and right-click drag any applications over into that folder, selecting
Create shortcut here.
- Using a registry entry at
Autorun is controlled via the GUI, and requires admin access.
Users & Groups
Login Items. Click the lock icon and authenticate with an admin account to gain access.
- Add applications by clicking the + sign.
Mark your applications to Hide when starting up so you have a distraction-free environment when you finally sit down to get started. Being bombarded with too many notifications would undo all of the time savings you got from autorunning your applications.