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Shortcuts in the Startup folders do not run at Windows startup?

Author    : David Candy
Published: June 27, 2004
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Symptom

When you place application shortcuts to the Startup folder, none of the shortcuts may run during startup.

Solution

Open Registry Editor and navigate to these locations and change each of the shell folders path to the default values as given below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

Double-click Startup and set it's data to:

%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

Double-click Common Startup and set it's data to:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Note that the Value type must be in REG_EXPAND_SZ and not REG_SZ.

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