Portable apps are the best. The best thing about portable apps is that you don't have to install them to use. This eliminates the clumsy installation and uninstallation procedure. Moreover, even if you completely reinstall Windows, you can still have access all your portable applications by storing them on some other drive. Let me show you how to add portable apps to Windows startup so that portable apps start with Windows.
Generally, most portable apps have options within them to add itself to the Windows Startup queue. However, some might not have that option. In those situations, you need to manually add the application to Windows Startup. Follow the below steps and you should be good.
Method #1: Add Portable Apps to Windows Startup
Windows has a default startup folder where you can add the application shortcuts. Once you add a shortcut to the Startup folder, Windows starts the application at login. So, the easiest way to start portable apps with Windows is to add them to the startup folder. We just add the application shortcut in the startup folder and the portable app will start with Windows.
1. First, we need to create an application shortcut. So, go to the folder where you've stored the portable application.
2. In the application folder, find the EXE file that you use to launch the application.
3. Now, hold the Alt key on your keyboard and drag and drop the EXE file. This action will create an application shortcut.
4. To make things nicer, rename the shortcut and remove ".exe - shortcut" from the shortcut name. Copy the shortcut you just created.
5. Open the run dialog box by pressing the Win + R keyboard shortcut. In the blank field, type
shell:startup and click on the Ok button.
6. The above action will open the Windows Startup folder. Press Ctrl + V to paste the shortcut you copied earlier.
That is it, close the folder. From now on, the portable app will start with Windows. If you ever want to stop the portable app from starting with Windows, all you have to do is delete the shortcut from the Startup folder.
Method #2: Make Portable Apps Start with Windows
As an alternative, we can also use a third-party tool called Starter to start portable apps with Windows. The best thing about Starter is that it allows you to properly manage all the startup items. Most of all, Starter is a small and lightweight application.
1. Go ahead and download Starter. After downloading, extract the contents and execute the EXE file. Install the application like any other Windows software.
2. After installing, launch the application. Here, select Current User under Startup Folder appearing on the left panel. Click on the New icon appearing on the top navigation bar.
3. Now, type in a name for the startup item in the Name field. Next, click on the Browse button next to the Value field.
4. Navigate to the portable app folder, select the EXE file and click on the Open button.
5. All the important fields are automatically filled. If you want the application to start in minimized mode then select Minimized option from the Run State drop-down menu. Click on the Ok button to save the changes.
6. In the main screen, you will see the newly added startup portable application.
That is it. From now on, the portable application will start with Windows. If you ever want to stop this behavior, simply select the item in the list and click on the Delete icon appearing on the top navigation bar.
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