Startup programs are those programs that will load automatically during system startup. Windows XP OS allows its users to choose which all programs he/she wants to run, once your computer is turned on. XP maintains a list which instructs the computer to load itself when the machine is switched on after a shutdown. Certain programs like malware protection might not appear on the screen once the OS is loaded. All those programs that are loaded during system startup are listed inside the computer’s startup folder. So in order to know the list of startup programs, all you have to do is to open this folder. By doing so, you will also be able to manage the startup list by adding new programs to it, or removing those unnecessary ones. This article contains instructions for accessing the startup folder.
Tech support instructions
Mentioned below are the instructions recommended by the Windows XP support team intended to assist you in the process of opening the startup folder.
- Start off with this procedure by turning your computer on and log in to a user account having administrative privileges.
- Continue with this procedure by clicking on the Windows “Start” button located on the bottom left had corner of your desktop.
- Select the option that reads “My Computer” from the start menu. Alternatively, you can double click on the icon titled “My computer” located on your desktop.
- Now double click on the main driver of your computer where in the operating system files are stored. In most cases, this drive is indicated by the letter “C”.
- Double click on the folder titled “Documents and Settings”.
- Double click on the folder labeled “All Users” or the one having the name of a user account.
- After that double click on the folder named “Start menu”.
- Double click to open the “Programs” folder where in you will be able to see numerous folder and icons.
- Locate and double click on the folder named “Start up”. In this folder you will be able to see the list of all the programs that are configured to open up during system startup.
That’s all with the instructions for accessing the startup folder in Windows XP operating system. Have a good day!