How to add portable apps to the windows startup

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Having problems running portable applications in Windows? Follow these simple steps to add portable apps to your Windows startup.

Portable Apps are the best. They can be used with no installation required. Simply download the app, open it, and start using it. You can also completely reinstall Windows and still have access to portable apps stored on other partitions.

Although convenient, one of the problems most people encounter is that they do not know how to add portable applications to the Windows startup queue. Some, however, may not have this option. In such cases, the application must be manually added to the Windows startup. If you follow the steps below, you should have no problem. The good news is that Windows makes it easy to add applications to the Startup list.

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<11Adding Portable Apps to the Startup List

Windows has a Starter folder for easy use. You can add application shortcuts to this folder. Once added, Windows will launch the application at logon. There are two important steps: create the application shortcut and copy/move it to the Startup folder.

  1. Navigate to the folder where the portable application is located.
  2. Locate the exe file for the portable application.
  3. Hold down the “Alt” key while dragging and dropping the exe file to create a shortcut.
  4. (Optional) Rename the shortcut and delete “.exe – shortcut”.
  5. Select the shortcut and copy it with “Ctrl+C”.
  6. Press “Win + R” to display the “Run” dialog box.
  7. Type “shell:startup” in the space provided.
  8. Press the “OK” button.
  9. Press “Win + V” key and paste the shortcut you just copied.
  10. Close File Explorer.
  11. This will add the portable application to the Windows startup.
  12. The portable application will now start automatically with Windows.

Detailed instructions:

1. As I said before, you must first create a shortcut for the application. Navigate to the folder where you saved the portable application.

2. In the application folder , find the EXE file that you will use to run the application.

3. Hold down the Alt key on the keyboard and move and drop the EXE file . This will create a shortcut for the application.

4. For a cleaner look, rename the shortcut and remove “.exe – shortcut” from the shortcut name. Copy the shortcut you just created with “Ctrl+C”.

5. Open the Run dialog with the Win + R key combination. Type shell:startup in the space provided and press Ok button .Click

6. The above will open the Windows startup folder. Press Ctrl+V and paste the shortcut you just copied.

Now close the folder. From now on, the portable application will be launched in Windows. To prevent the portable application from starting in Windows, delete the shortcut from the Startup folder.

Launching Portable Applications in Windows Using the Starter App

It is also possible to launch portable applications in Windows using a third-party tool called Starter. Starter’s greatest feature is its ability to centrally manage startup items. Best of all, Starter is a small and lightweight application.

1. Go ahead and download Starter . Once downloaded, unzip the contents and run the EXE file. Install the application as usual.

2. After installation, launch the application from the Start menu or desktop. Next, in the Startup Folder tab in the left panel, select Current User . Click on the New icon that appears on the top navigation bar.

3. Now enter the Startup Item Name in the Name field. Then click the Browse button next to the Value field. Navigate to the Portable Applications folder, select the EXE file, and click the Open button.

5. All important fields will be filled in automatically. If you wish to run the application in minimized mode, select Minimized from the “Run State” drop-down menu. Click the Ok button to save your changes.

6. The main screen will show the newly added portable application running.

That is all. From now on, the portable application will be launched in Windows. If you wish to stop this behavior, select an item in the list and click the Remove icon that appears in the top navigation bar.

We hope this brief guide to working with Windows has been helpful to you.

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