Managing Startup Programs For A Faster Windows 8 Startup

Sometimes it’s necessary to start programs like, antivirus, cloud services during Windows startup for auto syncing them at the very start of one’s computing session. It enables user to slice down manual effort of syncing them each time. Although, if there are too many of them, Windows load time suffers adversely.

If you want to manage startup programs in Windows 8, here is how:

Enable or Disable Startup Items

1. On Windows 8 Start-screen type “Task Manager” or press CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose Task manager.

2. On the Task Manager window, click “Startup” tab to get the list of startup programs with their current status. You will get to see a list of programs with their current status under Status column.

3. To change the existing status of a program, right-click on it and select Disable/Enable from the drop down list based on the current status of the program. Alternatively, you can also alter the status using “Disable/Enable” button at the bottom right corner of the window.

Although, if you want a software for easy handling of the startup items CCleaner and Soluto are two worthy tools that can manage and control startup programs tactfully in Windows 8 thereby cutting down Windows boot up time.

Add or Remove Startup Programs

To start any program while Windows starts, you are going to add the app shortcut to the “Startup” folder in Windows 8. Let’s see how we can do that.

1. Locate the program(executable file) on the hard disk, and right click on it while holding down the SHIFT key. You will get an option that says, “Copy as path”. Click that to copy the file path to the clipboard. Or if you have the program shortcut on desktop, right click on it and choose “Properties”. Copy the address within the Target box.

2. Now go to C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. Replace <Username> with your account name. Within startup folder create a new shortcut.

3. Paste the earlier copied path as the location within the newly opened shortcut window and hit “Next”. Choose a proper name for the shortcut and hit “Finish”.

Next time you start Windows 8, the added program will load up on it’s own.

Take time dig deeper to point what are absolutely necessary to get started during a proper Windows startup. Skip unnecessary ones. Also keep an eye on those that are automated during any program installation. Choose wisely as this may slow down the Windows startup unnecessarily. Feel free to share other ways to manage startup items in Windows 8. I’m sure this will surely help our readers.


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