Startup folders..

There are two of them in Windows 7 and 8, but there is a difference.

One is for your personal account, and the other covers ‘all users’. This is the first of them..

%systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

For all users, you will find the startup folder in:

%systemdrive%\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

There is another difference where Windows 8.1 is concerned. If you choose the option to have an item auto start, even if you are essentially ‘all users’ and the option or preference setting in the program/utility is set to auto start, it will not comply if you add it to the ‘personal’ startup folder.

This all came to light because I started up my Netbook and Skype showed me that my sister had left messages for me. On the ‘big one’, I had received no notification. In fact, Skype was not even running in the background.

So, my first thought was to blame Skype, mainly because I find it annoying when compared to the old MSN Messenger. I set about downloading the latest available version of Skype, ensuring that I checked the box ‘Start up on Windows start’, and left it at that. Still nothing.

I sat back in my chair and wondered why OneNote always starts even though I don’t want it to start but Skype and Speedfan never do. I then looked for the OneNote startup shortcut, found it in the second of the two startup folders, added Skype and Speedfan, removed OneNote, and closed the folder down.

All should be well, but it isn’t. Skype and Speedfan do start automatically now, but OneNote has re-instated itself, and I can’t stop it.


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