I am aware that to make a program run on startup in Windows, I need to add a shortcut to the folder:

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

However, I prefer using the Startup tab in the Task Manager to enable or disable specific applications running on startup because it gives me a single, logical location to control this.

I am unable to find a way to add or remove programs manually in the Startup list within the Task Manager. When an app prompts me to run on startup and I confirm, it appears in the list within the Task Manager but I am not sure how it changes the registries.

Can I modify the Startup list within the Task Manager directly or do I need to go through the registries? Is there any other way to manage this instead of using that folder?

Askify Moderator Edited question May 5, 2023