This is a question which gets asked quite a bit >> How to add my program to the Startup Folder? Or How can I make my program run when the PC starts? So for those who want to call a simple Function e.g. _StartupFolder_Install() this UDF is for you. UDF: #include-once ; #AutoIt3Wrapper_Au3Check_Parameters=-d -w 1 -w 2 -w 3 -w- 4 -w 5 -w 6 -w 7 ; #INDEX# ======================================================================================================================= ; Title .........: _Startup ; AutoIt Version : v3.3.10.0 or higher ; Language ......: English ; Description ...: Create startup entries in the startup folder or registry. The registry entries can be Run all the time (Run registry entry) or only once (RunOnce registry entry.) ; Note ..........: ; Author(s) .....: guinness ; Remarks .......: Special thanks to KaFu for EnumRegKeys2Array() which I used as inspiration for enumerating the Registry Keys. ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #INCLUDES# ==================================================================================================================== #include <StringConstants.au3> ; #GLOBAL VARIABLES# ============================================================================================================ Global Enum $STARTUP_RUN = 0, $STARTUP_RUNONCE, $STARTUP_RUNONCEEX ; #CURRENT# ===================================================================================================================== ; _StartupFolder_Exists: Checks if an entry exits in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; _StartupFolder_Install: Creates an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; _StartupFolder_Uninstall: Deletes an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; _StartupRegistry_Exists: Checks if an entry exits in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; _StartupRegistry_Install: Creates an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; _StartupRegistry_Uninstall: Deletes the entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #INTERNAL_USE_ONLY#============================================================================================================ ; See below. ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupFolder_Exists ; Description ...: Checks if an entry exits in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; Syntax ........: _StartupFolder_Exists([$sName = @ScriptName[, $bAllUsers = False]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Add to Current Users (False) or All Users (True) Default is False. ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupFolder_Exists($sName = @ScriptName, $bAllUsers = False) Local $sFilePath = Default __Startup_Format($sName, $sFilePath) Return FileExists(__StartupFolder_Location($bAllUsers) & '\' & $sName & '.lnk') EndFunc ;==>_StartupFolder_Exists ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupFolder_Install ; Description ...: Creates an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; Syntax ........: _StartupFolder_Install([$sName = @ScriptName[, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath[, $sCommandline = ''[, ; $bAllUsers = False]]]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $sFilePath - [optional] Location of the program executable. Default is @ScriptFullPath. ; $sCommandline - [optional] Commandline arguments to be passed to the application. Default is ''. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Add to Current Users (False) or All Users (True) Default is False. ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False & sets @error to non-zero ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupFolder_Install($sName = @ScriptName, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath, $sCommandline = '', $bAllUsers = False) Return __StartupFolder_Uninstall(True, $sName, $sFilePath, $sCommandline, $bAllUsers) EndFunc ;==>_StartupFolder_Install ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupFolder_Uninstall ; Description ...: Deletes an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' startup folder. ; Syntax ........: _StartupFolder_Uninstall([$sName = @ScriptName[, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath[, $bAllUsers = False]]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $sFilePath - [optional] Location of the program executable. Default is @ScriptFullPath. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Was it added to Current Users (False) or All Users (True) Default is False. ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False & sets @error to non-zero ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupFolder_Uninstall($sName = @ScriptName, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath, $bAllUsers = False) Return __StartupFolder_Uninstall(False, $sName, $sFilePath, Default, $bAllUsers) EndFunc ;==>_StartupFolder_Uninstall ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupRegistry_Exists ; Description ...:Checks if an entry exits in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; Syntax ........: _StartupRegistry_Exists([$sName = @ScriptName[, $bAllUsers = False[, $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN]]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Add to Current Users (False) or All Users (True) Default is False. ; $iRunOnce - [optional] Always run at system startup $STARTUP_RUN (0), run only once before explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCE (1) ; or run only once after explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCEEX (2). Default is $STARTUP_RUN (0). ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupRegistry_Exists($sName = @ScriptName, $bAllUsers = False, $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN) Local $sFilePath = Default __Startup_Format($sName, $sFilePath) RegRead(__StartupRegistry_Location($bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) & '\', $sName) Return @error = 0 EndFunc ;==>_StartupRegistry_Exists ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupRegistry_Install ; Description ...: Creates an entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; Syntax ........: _StartupRegistry_Install([$sName = @ScriptName[, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath[, $sCommandline = ''[, ; $bAllUsers = False[, $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN]]]]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $sFilePath - [optional] Location of the program executable. Default is @ScriptFullPath. ; $sCommandline - [optional] Commandline arguments to be passed to the application. Default is ''. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Add to Current Users (False) or All Users (True) Default is False. ; $iRunOnce - [optional] Always run at system startup $STARTUP_RUN (0), run only once before explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCE (1) ; or run only once after explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCEEX (2). Default is $STARTUP_RUN (0). ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False & sets @error to non-zero ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupRegistry_Install($sName = @ScriptName, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath, $sCommandline = '', $bAllUsers = False, $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN) Return __StartupRegistry_Uninstall(True, $sName, $sFilePath, $sCommandline, $bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) EndFunc ;==>_StartupRegistry_Install ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _StartupRegistry_Uninstall ; Description ...: Deletes the entry in the 'All Users/Current Users' registry. ; Syntax ........: _StartupRegistry_Uninstall([$sName = @ScriptName[, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath[, $bAllUsers = False[, ; $iRunOnce = Default]]]]) ; Parameters ....: $sName - [optional] Name of the program. Default is @ScriptName. ; $sFilePath - [optional] Location of the program executable. Default is @ScriptFullPath. ; $bAllUsers - [optional] Was it added to the current users (0) or all users (1). Default is 0. ; $iRunOnce - [optional] Was it run at system startup $STARTUP_RUN (0), run only once before explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCE (1) ; or run only once after explorer is started $STARTUP_RUNONCEEX (2). Default is $STARTUP_RUN (0). ; Return values .: Success - True ; Failure - False & sets @error to non-zero ; Author ........: guinness ; Example .......: Yes ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _StartupRegistry_Uninstall($sName = @ScriptName, $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath, $bAllUsers = False, $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN) Return __StartupRegistry_Uninstall(False, $sName, $sFilePath, Default, $bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) EndFunc ;==>_StartupRegistry_Uninstall ; #INTERNAL_USE_ONLY#============================================================================================================ Func __Startup_Format(ByRef $sName, ByRef $sFilePath) If $sFilePath = Default Then $sFilePath = @ScriptFullPath EndIf If $sName = Default Then $sName = @ScriptName EndIf $sName = StringRegExpReplace($sName, '\.[^.\\/]*$', '') ; Remove extension. Return Not (StringStripWS($sName, $STR_STRIPALL) == '') And FileExists($sFilePath) EndFunc ;==>__Startup_Format Func __StartupFolder_Location($bAllUsers) Return $bAllUsers ? @StartupCommonDir : @StartupDir EndFunc ;==>__StartupFolder_Location Func __StartupFolder_Uninstall($bIsInstall, $sName, $sFilePath, $sCommandline, $bAllUsers) If Not __Startup_Format($sName, $sFilePath) Then Return SetError(1, 0, False) ; $STARTUP_ERROR_EXISTS EndIf If $bAllUsers = Default Then $bAllUsers = False EndIf If $sCommandline = Default Then $sCommandline = '' EndIf Local Const $sStartup = __StartupFolder_Location($bAllUsers) Local Const $hSearch = FileFindFirstFile($sStartup & '\' & '*.lnk') Local $vReturn = 0 If $hSearch > -1 Then Local Const $iStringLen = StringLen($sName) Local $aFileGetShortcut = 0, _ $sFileName = '' While 1 $sFileName = FileFindNextFile($hSearch) If @error Then ExitLoop EndIf If StringLeft($sFileName, $iStringLen) = $sName Then $aFileGetShortcut = FileGetShortcut($sStartup & '\' & $sFileName) If @error Then ContinueLoop EndIf If $aFileGetShortcut[0] = $sFilePath Then $vReturn += FileDelete($sStartup & '\' & $sFileName) EndIf EndIf WEnd FileClose($hSearch) ElseIf Not $bIsInstall Then Return SetError(2, 0, False) ; $STARTUP_ERROR_EMPTY EndIf If $bIsInstall Then $vReturn = FileCreateShortcut($sFilePath, $sStartup & '\' & $sName & '.lnk', $sStartup, $sCommandline) > 0 Else $vReturn = $vReturn > 0 EndIf Return $vReturn EndFunc ;==>__StartupFolder_Uninstall Func __StartupRegistry_Location($bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) If $iRunOnce = Default Then $iRunOnce = $STARTUP_RUN EndIf Local $sRunOnce = '' Switch $iRunOnce Case $STARTUP_RUNONCE $sRunOnce = 'Once' Case $STARTUP_RUNONCEEX $sRunOnce = 'OnceEx' Case Else $sRunOnce = '' EndSwitch Return ($bAllUsers ? 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE' : 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER') & _ ((@OSArch = 'X64') ? '64' : '') & '\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run' & $sRunOnce EndFunc ;==>__StartupRegistry_Location Func __StartupRegistry_Uninstall($bIsInstall, $sName, $sFilePath, $sCommandline, $bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) If Not __Startup_Format($sName, $sFilePath) Then Return SetError(1, 0, False) ; $STARTUP_ERROR_EXISTS EndIf If $bAllUsers = Default Then $bAllUsers = False EndIf If $sCommandline = Default Then $sCommandline = '' EndIf Local Const $sRegistryKey = __StartupRegistry_Location($bAllUsers, $iRunOnce) Local $iInstance = 1, _ $sRegistryName = '', _ $vReturn = 0 While 1 $sRegistryName = RegEnumVal($sRegistryKey & '\', $iInstance) If @error Then ExitLoop EndIf If ($sRegistryName = $sName) And StringInStr(RegRead($sRegistryKey & '\', $sRegistryName), $sFilePath, $STR_NOCASESENSEBASIC) Then $vReturn += RegDelete($sRegistryKey & '\', $sName) EndIf $iInstance += 1 WEnd If $bIsInstall Then $vReturn = RegWrite($sRegistryKey & '\', $sName, 'REG_SZ', $sFilePath & ' ' & $sCommandline) > 0 Else $vReturn = $vReturn > 0 EndIf Return $vReturn EndFunc ;==>__StartupRegistry_Uninstall Example 1: #include '_Startup.au3' Example() Func Example() _StartupFolder_Install() ; Add the running EXE to the Current Users startup folder. ShellExecute(@StartupDir & '\') Sleep(5000) _StartupFolder_Uninstall() ; Remove the running EXE from the Current Users startup folder. EndFunc ;==>Example Example 2: #include '_Startup.au3' Example() Func Example() _StartupRegistry_Install() ; Add the running EXE to the Current Users Run registry key. Sleep(5000) _StartupRegistry_Uninstall() ; Remove the running EXE from the Current Users Run registry key. EndFunc ;==>ExampleAll of the above has been included in a ZIP file. Startup.zipPrevious: 1447+ downloads.