How to add programs to the msconfig startup

Updated July 20, 2017

The Start-up menu in the Microsoft System Configuration or MSCONFIG utility displays the list of programs that launch automatically every time the operating system starts up for Windows XP- and Windows 7-based computers. The programs in the start-up tab all have shortcuts stored in the Start-up folder. Add programs to the start-up in MSCONFIG by copying a shortcut into the start-up folder. The process can be completed by computer users that have a basic knowledge of the Windows operating system.

Copy a program's shortcut into the start-up folder to add a program to the MSCONFIG start-up menu. To access the Start-up folder, click on the "Start" menu and click on the "All Programs" list.

Right-click on the "Startup" folder and choose the "Open All Users" option to open the folder that holds the start-up shortcuts for every user on the computer. Alternatively, click "Explore" to open the folder for only the current user.

Navigate to the program's location on the hard drive. Right-click on the program's folder and click "Copy Shortcut" from the context menu.

Right-click in the start-up folder and click "Paste Shortcut" to add the program to the MSCONFIG start-up menu.

Click on the "Start" button and type "msconfig" into the search box. Click on the "Microsoft System Configuration" option that appears in the list. Click on the tab labelled "Startup." The program should appear in the list of start-up programs.

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