How to Play With Startup Items in Windows 8

Introduction

As we already know, in Windows 7 we can easily open the Startup folder from the All Programs link but in Windows 8 to quickly access the folder items we have to manually pin the Startup folder either to the Taskbar or Start Screen in Windows 8. Windows 8 doesn't show Startup items in the System Configuration utility of which the executable is msconfig.exe.

Moreover the Startup tab includes a link to the Windows 8 Task Manager > Startup window which contains all the system and user startup applications and scripts. The Task manager also gives information about the startup item such as Publisher name, Status and Startup impact. In this article we will learn the terminology so that we can easily add and edit the Windows 8 startup item like folder and menu.

How to view and edit startup items in Windows 8

Step 1 

First of all we have to move on the Start window screen in Windows 8; see:

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Step 2

Then for the advanced Startup options move the cursor to bottom-right of the window screen and click the search box which is helpful for searching in Windows 8.

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Step 3

Then in the search box type "Task Manager" and click on the Apps from the right sidebar.

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Step 4

We can also click on Task Manager Apps in the main window.

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Step 5

It will open the Windows 8 Task Manager > Startup window which contains all system and user startup applications and scripts.

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Step 6

Just right-click on the item you want to disable and click on the disable option.

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NOTE - The Startup section in the Task Manager lets you easily organize startup items.