I was recently searching for the startup folder for the User profile and the All Users profile in Windows 7. Systems administrators frequently create scripts which must run at login. Sometimes the scripts target an individual user profile and other times they target the computer in general regardless of the user.

In Windows XP, the startup folder existed in the following locations:

User Profile
 C:\Documents and Settings\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

All Users Profile
 C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

In Windows 7 however, access to the “Documents and Settings” folder is denied. This was the problem I ran into. I soon discovered that, in Windows 7, the startup folder was moved to the following locations:

Windows 7 User Profile
  C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Windows 7 All Users Profile
 C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Startup scripts are handled the same way in Windows 7 as they were in Windows XP. The difference is that the location of the startup folder has changed.