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Windows 8 Tips Part 16 – Change Startup Programs… But Where Is Startup?

Change Windows 8 Startup Programs

Change Windows 8 Startup Programs

Is your Windows 8 machine taking a millisecond longer to start up? Well, that’s easy to diagnose. Just head on over to the Startup Programs and change what apps are loaded when you start your PC.

Right…. the Startup Tab…. where is it? Well Microsoft have moved the Startup Tab from MSCONFIG to the Task Manager. (When did they tell us about that?)

Yes, and they’ve beefed it up a bit too. So start up your PC and let’s take a closer look.Right Click on the Taskbar and select the Task Manager.

Change Windows 8 Startup Programs

With Task Manager open, you will see the Startup Tab.

Change Windows 8 Startup Programs

From here you can select a program and right click on it. This now gives you the option to Disable it, Open the File Location, Search Online or to view the programs Properties.

Task Manager Startup Program Disable

Disabling the Program will mark it as Disabled. To Enable it again, Right Click it and select Enable.

Task Manager Startup Program Disabled

Clicking on ‘Open file location’ will open File Explorer at the location of the main executable.

Open File Location

Clicking on ‘Search online’ will launch your Browser and search the web for the Program. This is especially useful if you aren’t sure what the program is that is starting up.

Search Online

Windows 8 has made the Task Manager very useful with regards to managing programs and processes.

Reference: Greg Shultz

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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