Track Startup Programs with wmic.exe on Windows 10

Q

How to track and maintain startup programs on Windows 10? I want to keep a record of what startup programs are configured on my computer.

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A

If you want to get a list of all startup applications on your Windows 10 system and save it to a file, you can use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command (wmic.exe) as described in this tutorial:

1. Start a command line window

2. Run the following command.

C:\fyicenter>wmic startup get name,command,location > startup-programs.txt

3. Open startup-programs.txt in Notepad. You see a list of startup programs recorded in the file, as shown in the example below:

Command
   Location
      Name

OpenOffice.org 3.2.lnk
   Startup
      OpenOffice.org 3.2
C:\Users\lili\AppData\Local\Google\Update\1.3.33.7\GoogleUpdateCore.exe
   HKU\S-1-5-21...\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      Google Update
C:\PROGRA~1\MCAFEE~1\311~1.599\SSSCHE~1.EXE
   Common Startup
      McAfee Security Scan Plus
C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~1\Office10\OSA.EXE -b -l
   Common Startup
      Microsoft Office
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      Apoint
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray64.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      SysTrayApp
c:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\QuickSet.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      QuickSet
wscript.exe //b //nologo "C:\Program Files\Intel\TurboBoost\RunTBGadgetOnce.vbs"
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      IntelTBRunOnce
rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Bluetooth\btmshell.dll",TrayApp
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      BTMTrayAgent
C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      IgfxTray
C:\Windows\system32\hkcmd.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      HotKeysCmds
C:\Windows\system32\igfxpers.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      Persistence
"C:\Users\TGRX301-1\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe" /background
   HKU\S-1-5-21...\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      OneDrive
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --type=service /prefetch:8
   HKU\S-1-5-21...\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      92456107C05D3327D2CF37750833593722823168._service_run
C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui.exe
   HKU\S-1-5-21...\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      OpenVPN-GUI
C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Docker Desktop.exe
   HKU\S-1-5-21...\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      Docker Desktop
%windir%\system32\SecurityHealthSystray.exe
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      SecurityHealth
"C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.exe" /s
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      RtHDVCpl
"C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exe" /MAXX4
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      RtHDVBg
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient\AGCInvokerUtility.exe"
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      AdobeGCInvoker-1.0
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\UpdaterStartupUtility.exe"
   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0

Keep this file startup-programs.txt in a safe place, so that you can compare it at a later time to see if there are any new startup programs are added in your system.

 

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