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    How do you set up a program to autostart?

    I run W7 Home Premium. I would like to autostart a program upon booting. Would some kind soul lay out the steps to do so?
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    1. Find your program in the Start menu, right click it and choose Copy.
    2. Find the folder named Startup in the Start menu (in All Programs), right click it and choose Open.
    3. Windows Explorer will open the folder. Inside the folder, right click it and choose Paste Shortcut.

    This will do it.

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    You can put a shortcut to the desired program in the Startup folder.

    Your personal startup folder should be C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

    I don't know where the All Users Startup folder is located.

    You can create the folder if it isn't there. Enable viewing of hidden folders to see it.

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    I don't know where the All Users Startup folder is located
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    cheers, Paul

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    The program I'm trying to do this for is a portable app in a folder on my C:\ drive. Although it shows in the Start Menu, when I right click on it it doesn't show Copy as a choice.

    Dick

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    Open the folder where it is located, right click the executable file and choose Copy. Then do the 2nd and 3rd steps as in my previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick-Y View Post
    The program I'm trying to do this for is a portable app in a folder on my C:\ drive. Although it shows in the Start Menu, when I right click on it it doesn't show Copy as a choice.

    Dick
    You can create a new shortcut, and list the desired program as the target.

    Open the startup folder. Right-click, and choose New / shortcut. Then put the app name in the target field, including the path to it. Then save the shortcut.

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    Creating a shortcut to the executable is better than copying it in case there are program dependencies on the folder it's executed from. The start menu contains shortcuts, so an easy procedure is to click on the Start Orb, browse to the program you want to autostart, right click on it and select copy. then open Windows explorer, navigate to:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    and paste.

    Jerry

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    Sorry for the delay in getting back to all you helpful responders. I was out this afternoon helping the economy - shopping with my wife.

    I had some issues trying to follow the above suggestions with a portable app, so I installed it as a "regular" program.
    Jerry's method then worked like a champ.
    Again, thanks to all who responded.
    Dick
    PS,
    For the record, the portable app (Truecrypt) was trying to use 2 files ending in ".sys" and getting caught in its knickers.
    Installed as a program, Truecrypt started just the way I wanted it to.

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    A free program called "Autoruns.exe" (google it to locate the download site) helps with a lot of issues regarding auto-run. It helps remove as well as add programs, plus a lot of other info on startup processes.

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    Cosmlou:
    I've used Autoruns in the past to see what starts up automatically in my system. How do you use it to add programs?
    Thanks,
    Dick

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