fre0n fre0n - 4 months ago 41
C# Question

Programmatically access All Users Start Menu

Does anyone know how to programmatically access the "All Users" Startup Menu?

In XP, located here:

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

And in Windows 7, located here:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Specifically, I've got a Setup and Deployment project, and I'd like to put a shortcut to the application in the Startup menu for all users so that the application is start whenever anyone logs in.

EDIT: I'm pretty sure this is where Brian got his answer from.


There is no constant defined for the normal way of Environment.GetFolderPath for the all users start menu, but you can do it this way by using the Win32 API SHGetSpecialFolderPath:

class Program
    static extern bool SHGetSpecialFolderPath(IntPtr hwndOwner,
       [Out] StringBuilder lpszPath, int nFolder, bool fCreate);
    const int CSIDL_COMMON_STARTMENU = 0x16;  // All Users\Start Menu

    static void Main(string[] args)
        StringBuilder path = new StringBuilder(260);
        SHGetSpecialFolderPath(IntPtr.Zero, path, CSIDL_COMMON_STARTMENU, false);
        string s = path.ToString();