Author: Lawrence Albert Pardo-Ilao - Naga City, Philippines

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How to execute an app during Windows startup

Do you always open the same app after restarting your computer? You can automatically run a program when Windows starts, here’s different ways to do this.

Method 1: Using the Startup Folder located at the Start Menu

The startup folder located at users Start Menu let’s you configure applications to run when windows starts. You just need to create a shortcut of the program into the folder.

Startup folder of the Current User

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Startup folder for all users

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

-Works with Windows 8, 7 and Vista-

Method 2: Using your Windows Registry to create a string value for the program

At Windows Registry, any program can be configure to run at startup by creating a string value and putting the path of the program.


Right-Click any space for the Registry Folder locations below –> Choose the Menu New String Value -> write the name of the program or any –> double click the created string value and input the File Path of the program

Windows Registry Folder Locations

For the Current User


For All Users


Running the program Once after Windows Starts

- Current User


- For All Users


That’s it! Keep on reading!


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How to Activate User account from command line

If you love the idea of hiding things including your user account to your family members or you just want to re-enable the hidden administrator account.

Here’s a quick tip to enable any account from the command prompt.

All you need to do is open the command prompt as administrator, press Win key and type “cmd”. Right-click and choose Run as administrator.

With Password - myP@ssword

Net user Lawrence myP@ssword /active:yes  

-> activates the hidden user account Lawrence

Net user Lawrence myP@ssword /active:no    

-> Hides or disables the user account Lawrence

If you want to enable the hidden administrator account, use this command: Net user Administrator P@ssword /active:yes  

Without a Password

Net user Lawrence /active:yes

Net user Lawrence /active:no

Net user Administrator /active:yes  


That’s it! Thanks for reading the article!



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