Autoruns v13.91 Updated

billon on 8 Aug 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Autoruns shows programs that run during system bootup or login, as well as entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Alternatively, Autoruns Portable is stealth and will only show the EULA once.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Windows registry
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract all files except autorunsc.exe, autorunsc64.exe and Eula.txt to a folder of your choice. Launch Autoruns.exe or Autoruns64.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Startup Control Panel
What's new? See:

38 comments on Autoruns  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Hank7 2006-06-23 19:18

If you put Autoruns and Process Explorer (also from Sysinternals) in the same folder, you can start Process Explorer from Autoruns' context menu for further information on a selected entry.

schemer 2006-11-09 09:39

Stick with the older (pre-Microsoft) versions if you have them. The file-sizes on these newer ones are substancially larger. An EULA is included now (MS bla-bla-bla), and Google search has been replaced with... MSN search - surprised? My 2 bits.

a 2007-01-22 20:33

^ not to mention all sourcecode has been removed, the version i have is 333 KB, what went on to make it 1003 kb?

Idjo 2007-07-31 15:56

An excellent program.
I improved significantly with it a very slow computer, and I'm going to use it again with other friends' slow computers (I know how to keep mine fast :-) ).

Evren 2007-12-21 03:29

Strongly agree with Hank7

SysInternals softwares are deformed (like all other) after the purchase of ms.

Softwares are bloated and mostly started to depend on ms style system interaction.

SysInternals was a great company with great codes. Their softwares were standalone and can detect or monitor every actions which even the system itsefl cant detect (like rootkits)

Depending on apis and prefix system queries (as I guess) can cause some missed information.

And last. The annoying agreement even displays on command line usage!!!

I have clean copies (stored with hash) of most (and last) non ms versions. With saying most, I mean the most usefull and known ones.
Contact with software soft name if you want any.
Can write down here with address
Best regards

Michael Williams 2007-12-21 13:05

I have yet to find an auto run manager that I like better than "Codestuff Starter". This anyone used Starter and this one and prefer this one? If so, I would be interested in why.

MrGutts 2008-01-16 05:03

Yeah CodeStuff doesn't even have a website anymore.. Try Gmer or Runscanner

DeepAnger 2008-02-06 11:22

Yes, Microsoft can transform into shit every software they touch.

Bjorn 2008-02-11 02:16

Microsoft didn't turn this software "into shit", as expressed here. It is still developed by the same people as before, and it still works beautifully for it's purpose, which haven't changed either.

kuihdez 2008-08-09 12:31

this is by far the most perfect software.

very precise, very exhaustive

XP-forever-VIsta-is-Shit 2008-12-17 19:56

"a-squared HiJackFree" is better...

Anonymous 2009-02-12 19:38

File size is acceptable, 1.8 Mg. Useful features include; Option to view disabled entries, and to Hide Microsoft and Windows entries or just Windows entries. Lacks thorough documentation / help file, and option to to view and collapse tree while in 'Everything' tab. I use along side of CodeStuff Starter.

Ed 2009-04-30 06:55

I've been using "Startup Control Panel" from for some years now. Small footprint, no installation, works very well.

a 2010-06-09 23:15

autoruns and process explorer are an absolute must have if you are tech-savy, and care about what is running on your machine.

a 2010-06-09 23:20

Aside from the license bullcrap, microsoft was a good decision because now the developers have stable funds coming in to back their projects.

Shodan 2010-06-15 22:09

There is a TRUE portable version of this app that does NOT write to the registry. It's available at:

Magibon 2011-12-06 11:55

UPDATE: Autoruns v11.2 @ December 6, 2011

The last PAF launcher i posted was faulty because i did not include 'Launcher.ini'.

Here's an updated, working, and tested PAF launcher: | 826 KB


shodan816 2012-03-25 10:42

None of the 'wrappers' mentioned here are still available. Would someone please post a working link to a wrapper that will make this app truly portable? Why this app is even posted on a 'portablefreeware' site, while writing to the registry, remains a mystery to me.


shodan816 2012-03-25 14:50

Thank you, mrpink! Works like a charm.


__philippe 2014-08-20 09:01

Auroruns v12.02 released (19-aug-2014)

- fixes a bug that could cause Autoruns to crash on startup
- updates the image path parsing for Installed Components to remove false positive file-not-found
- correctly reports image entry timestamps in local time instead of UTC.


__philippe 2015-02-03 12:32

Thanks smaragdus.

Maybe worth noting Autoruns V13.0 is a major update, notably including
- integration with Vir*Total scanning
- revamped scanning architecture supporting dynamic filters
- improved comparison feature for new and deleted items between runs
- file saving and loading preserving full information scan

For official details, see

As a bonus, Martin Brinkmann @ has a nice illustrated review of Autoruns V13.0:



joby_toss 2015-02-03 19:13

Would be even better if I could use it to add a new startup item.


__philippe 2015-02-06 10:38

No official changelog between Autoruns v13.0 and 13.01 yet;
however, the recently released 13.0 version seems to exhibit quite a few quirks, currently discussed in Sysinternal's forum Autoruns thread:



Checker 2015-02-07 19:00

@ smaragdus / __philippe: Thanks ... and updated ;)


__philippe 2015-02-27 14:40

Autoruns v13.01 changelog: (belatedly)

This release fixes a bug in v13.0 that caused autostart entry lines not to show when you enter a filter string into the toolbar's filter control


Checker 2015-02-27 14:59

@ __philippe: Thanks ... and updated ;)


__philippe 2015-05-27 14:40

Autoruns v13.4 (released 26-May-2015)

- now reports Office addins
- adds several additional autostart locations
- no longer hides hosting executables like cmd.exe, powershell.exe and others when Windows and Microsoft filters are in effect


Checker 2015-05-27 18:19

@ __philippe: Thanks ... and updated ;)


smaragdus 2016-01-18 20:35

It is a mystery to me why this program was added to the base since it is not portable by any means.


DarkShadow 2016-01-19 17:30

A good question !
I asked the same at 'Process Explorer'


ripu 2016-01-31 23:38

Link broken.


Midas 2016-02-01 12:06

@ripu: links working from here...


smaragdus 2016-07-08 22:55

Yes, for more information see my comment at the forum.


MIKLO 2016-07-31 13:49

A very useful tool that I have used for a long time, thanks for the hard work to bring this software to us.


__philippe 2017-09-12 10:36

Autoruns v13.80 released 11SEP2017

SysInternals' changelogs, scrimpy as they used to be, have disappeared altogether.

See gripes about SysInternals' site recent overhaul...:-(


__philippe 2017-09-13 14:07

I'll be damned ! Sysinternals' utilities changelogs ersatz have not quite vanished, after all,
but are definitely (deliberately?) well hidden from sight:

Looks like one of TPFC's eminent updates contributor was in the know all along ...;-)


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