Windows 8 and the lost Startup folder
I recently installed my home environment to Windows 8 Enterprise RTM and Windows Server 2012 platforms, which btw are pretty awesome, but we’ll get to that in the later posts.
When I was configuring my HTPC to use SpeedFan software to handle the fan RPMs so it would run silent when there is no load on the CPU (AMD 5050e 45W CPU). I Installed the SpeedFan software and after configuring it I needed to get it starting on login. Now due to the dramatic change in Windows 8, there is no more Startup folders in the Metro Start-menu. No worries!
The folders are in:
- C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
They can be accessed easily by hitting Windows + R and typing:
- shell:common startup
There are more of these shell: <name> folders out there. If you browse to the registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions there are several keys with Name string entries. I won’t list them all in this post but if you need something specific just go and look from there.