How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 8

Earlier versions of Windows offer the “System Configuration” tool (we can launch it using the Msconfig command in the run command) which allows you to troubleshoot Windows startup problems by selectively disabling startup programs or services and users often use this tool to disable some programs that load on Windows Startup to speed up Windows loading.

Now this role has been assigned to the Task Manager in Windows 8, where you can manage startup programs from the TM startup section, that’s right! You will only see the message “To manage startup items, use the Task Manager startup section” when you get to the startup tab in the system configuration window. So from Windows 8 onwards, you need to stop the habit of visiting the startup tab in the system configuration tool, now let’s get into it.

The Windows 8 Task Manager Startup section shows the name of each item, which editor it belongs to, enabled or disabled for status, Startup I’mpact whether high, medium or unmeasured, this is something new for Windows users and very useful instead of relying on anti-frustration software like Soluto, we can now know which programs take longer to load at startup from Win8 Task Manager itself.

Disabling Startup Items in Windows 8

1. Open Task Manager in Windows 8 by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager. Click on the Startup tab, now it displays the services or programs that run at startup and their impact.

status items in task manager

3. User can now disable programs, except antivirus and others security related, with higher startup impact for load windows 8 fasterselect the program and click the button disable button at the bottom, now you won’t get the reboot prompt like in Windows 7 and you won’t need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect, this is also new to us.

disable startup program

4. In the screenshot above, you can see the impact of launching the TM report, High for Snagit and medium for Google Installer where Snagit processes and programs are grouped together and shown as a single item, which we can expand. Unfortunately, there is no way to disable individual Snagit startup items and so here we have to disable the bundled Snagit item.

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