How can I add an item to the Startup list in MSConfig?

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Problem :

I’ve got a small console application that runs some SVN commands on a number of folders that I run first thing in the morning. Is it possible to add this to the list of things Windows runs at startup?

Edit; Downloading the Tortoise SVN PDF now and I’ll see if I can “translate” my app to a batch script, if that’s an easier to run automatically at startup.

Solution :

NB: a faster way would be to add a link to the file in C:Users(User-Name)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

Regarding your question:
you can add the path to the application in the windows registry:

1) hit Start

2) type regedit and press enter

3) go to

4) In the right pane of Run, right click on a blank spot and add a new key, containing the path to your application

Detailed guide here.

This page has the steps mentioned in detail. This is by far the best method of adding a program to startup because you also get the option to disable it from msconfig by a simple checkbox uncheck


Step 1:

Start regedit:

Press “Win + R” or Start button > Run

Step 2:

To run only for current user:

In regedit, go to:

To run for all users, go to:


Step 3:

Right Click > New > String Value

and then type name of the program e.g.: “Sticky Notes”

Right Click > Modify

now enter the full path of the program e.g.:”C:WindowsSystem32StikyNot.exe”

Now your program should start the next time you restart your PC

You can add/remove an item to the Startup list in MSConfig with regedit :

On regedit you have several path :

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun (like Jess’s answer)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun only 64bits
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

Unchecked elements on msconfig.exe, are here : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsMSConfigstartupreg

And with windows folder : C:Users(User-Name)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

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