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Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup in Windows

After having used Windows for more than a decade I have grown fond of the quirks. Personally speaking, the Windows offers one of the best customization options and unlike MacOS one can install nearly all the applications.

That being said its a well-known fact that Windows system slow down after prolonged usage and a part of this symptom is long startup time. Windows operating system usually stores a list of software in the startup folder. These are mostly the software that needs to be loaded parallely with the boot.

Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup

Check Startup Manager

Startup in old time had all different kind of internal software also but now we just have a panel where the user installed apps are there in Task Manager where you can easily enable and disable the software which you might need. The first thing which you must check is whether or not the software you are looking out for is enabled.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open task manager

Head to the Startup Tab

Select the program you want to start at startup and enable them if its disabled.

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Save the changes and restart the PC to see if the changes are working fine.


DISM will repair any issue with the startup codes and task manager. This will also repair the windows native applications which might be failing to start at startup.

Open Command Prompt from Run Command so it opens in Administrator mode.

Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup in Windows

Type: “DISM /online/Cleanup-Image/ScanHealth”
“DISM /online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth”

and press enter.

It will take around 10 minutes to finish.

Once finished restart the PC after exiting the Command Prompt.

Create a Batch File

Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup in Windows

This creates a workaround for the Startup folder but if after performing every possible step you are not able to make the Startup folder work and don’t want to reset or reinstall the windows then you can follow the following steps.

Create a new Text Document via NotePad.
Type in the following text:

“@echo off
“C:\Program File\IntelCorp\sample.exe”


Save the file with .bat extension.
Double click on the bat file.
Restart the PC and the software or program will start on every startup although you will also get a UAC message along with it.

Disable UAC

Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup in Windows

User Account Control is to secure your PC from any kind of trouble by letting any automatic program to run with administrative privilege. Hence UAC might block some programs which are scheduled to launch at startup but need administrative permissions. So in order to escape from the situation follow the steps given below:

Open the Start Menu and type UAC.

Open Change User Account Control Settings from the search result.

Now move the slider to the bottom which is the least secure setting in UAC, and save the changes.

Restart the PC and check if the solution makes the software to run again.

Edit Registry

Program in Startup folder is not starting on startup in Windows

The registry is the highest authority in a Windows PC, all the settings you change or anything you do affects the registry. All the settings of the Windows Native apps and even all the third party software are present in Registry.

You must not play with Registry unless and until you know and sure of what you are doing. Follow the steps to sort the Startup folder issue:

Open the following path in Registry Editor:


Right-click on the empty space in the editor and make a new String value entry.
Name the string value as the program you want to run.

Edit the entry and put the value in the path of the program’s executable file.
Save and restart the PC.

These are the steps which you can follow in case your Windows 10 Startup folder stops to work, still, if you get stuck while troubleshooting do let us know in the comment section so we can help you with more solutions to the issue.