Windows 10 User Startup Folder Missing

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional

    Windows 10 User Startup Folder Missing

    Multiple installations of Windows 10 Professional do not have the "Startup" folder present in the "C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" folder. All of the systems were installed in the same manner with the "Startup" present on some but not all. I have attached a screen shot showing the path.
    Windows 10 User Startup Folder Missing Attached Files
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  2. SteveEngland's Avatar
    Posts : 35
    Windows 10 - 21H1

    Try this:

    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
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  3. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,274
    windows 10

    Has the user logged in a lot are only created on first login
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  4. Wisewiz's Avatar
    Posts : 447
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1

    @ nriacone

    No idea why they have no Startup folders, but the solution is simple: right-click in the open Programs window, choose New, Folder, and name it Startup. Done. (If UAC asks for authorization, give it.)

    There is a side effect of creating (or re-creating) a Startup folder in the Users path: in Task Manager's Startup tab, your startups may not show at all when they're all (only) in your Program Data path, Programs, Startup folder. Adding (back) the Startup folder in the Users path makes them show up in Task Manager > Startup tab.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter


    Thank you all for your suggestions:
    SteveEngland: I tried that also and received the same results. I have my settings to view all files (hidden & system)
    Samuria: The user has logged into the system multiple times. In my experience, after the user is created the users folder is not created until that user logs in. So I would not have been able to drill down to the usual location of the Startup folder if there wasn't at least one login by the user.
    WiseWiz: I will give your suggestion a try and see if the shortcuts that I place in the folder are executed when the user logs in.
    Thanks to all!!
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  6. Wisewiz's Avatar
    Posts : 447
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1

    Let us know how it goes. Should work. (Make sure your shortcuts are accurate. )
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