How to Manage Startup Applications in Windows 8 ?

Microsoft latest Windows8 offers an interactive platform which is quite different from the old utility bundle of windows 7 and other predecessors of Windows. Although, Windows Vista provides the useful interface for managing specific applications which are to be manage at startup. Subsequently, Microsoft has taken various steps for improving start-up time in Windows8. The primary reason of slowing the process on a system is lengthening list of start-up programs and services. To overcome this trouble, Microsoft has added new tab to the Task Manager in Windows 8 platform. With the help of task manager, you can monitor startup apps and their impact on the time it takes to load applications and keep them under control.


Now, here are the ways to access and manage your startup applications with Task Manager-

View list of startup programs with Task Manager-

  • At the beginning, launch Task Manager
  • Go to the Startup tab

If you had rather jump directly to the list of applications instead of opening Task Manager, then search for startup on the start screen, select settings and then tap on ‘See which processes startup automatically when you start Windows’.

When you look the startup tab, you will see the list of applications that are currently scheduled to launch each time when system starts up. Here you will see some of the applications which have arrows to their left and numbers in the parenthesis associated at right. It demonstrates the application running at startup time.

  • To view all the processes beneath nested process click the arrow to their left.
  • These sub-processes could be disabled or enabled according to the status of their parent processes.
  • You can expand the nested sub-process by right click or long-press the parent process, after tap expand option.
  • To expand all the nested sub-processes at once, click or tap view and select Expand All as it saves lots of time.

View information about startup programs

Each startup application is listed with its publisher, status and startup impact by default. This basic information is quite enough for you to make general opinion on how much each process affects your startup time:

  • Publisher states the name of the company which published the software
  • Status demonstrates enable or disable list of all programs during the startup procedure.
  • Startup impact shows you the idea of how large an impact each program has.

This basic information provides you the idea of how these programs affects the startup time; Task Manager is capable of delivering much more information.  If you want more details about a process then right click or long press a column header to expand lists of optional columns-

After that, you can select each column that you want to add to the startup tab like startup type, Disk I/O at startup, CPU at startup, Running now, Disabled time, Command line.

Disable startup programs with Task Manager

If you found that there is an application scheduled at run at startup time which takes worth amount of resources than usually then you can disable it from the running startup applications.

  • Right-click or long press the listed application which you want to delete and tap disable.
  • Click or tap to select an application and then click or tap the disable button.

From all the above listed methods you can manage the startup applications and perform enable and disable action according to their use.

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