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Autostarting your WinForms application

Here’s a helper function to add your Winforms application to the Windows startup list:

public static void AddAutoStartProgram(string name, string appPath)
{
  string runKeyBase = @"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\";
  RegistryKey rk = Registry.CurrentUser
    .OpenSubKey(runKeyBase + name);

  if (rk == null)
  {
    RegistryKey runKey = Registry.CurrentUser
        .CreateSubKey(runKeyBase);
    runKey.SetValue(name, appPath);
    runKey.Close();
  }
  else
  {
    rk.SetValue(name, appPath);
    rk.Close();
  }
}


Usage is simple: AddAutoStartProgram("myapp", Application.ExecutablePath);

To remove a program from automatically starting up, just delete the key:

public static void RemoveAutoStartProgram(string name)
  {
  string runKeyBase = @"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run";

  RegistryKey rk = Registry.CurrentUser.OpenSubKey(runKeyBase, true);
  rk.DeleteValue(name, false);
  rk.Close();
  }


Remove your app with a call like RemoveAutoStartProgram("myapp");

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