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Windows 10’s startup program : know everything & speedup PC

In older version of windows like XP, Vista, Seven, the only place you could really manage the programs that launch at startup was from the Startup tab in the good old System Configuration tool (Start > Run > msconfig). However, in Windows 8 and subsequently Windows 10, Microsoft added the Startup tab to Task Manager.

From startup tab you can enable / disable program, get detailed information about program, like location on hard disk, startup impact, disk usages, startup time, etc.

Access Startup Programs :

To access the Startup programs, you’ll first need to launch Task Manager. To do so, navigate to the Windows 10 desktop and right-click on the taskbar. Then, select Task Manager from the context menu.

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When Task Manager appears, select the Startup tab.

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On this tab you’ll find a list of all the programs that are configured to launch when Windows starts. To find out more about any of the programs, simply right-click on the one you want to investigate. When the context menu appears, choose any of the available options.

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  • Select Disable to render the program inoperative. (Once a program is disabled, this command will change to Enable.)
  • Select Open File Location to launch File Explorer targeted on the folder that contains the program’s executable file.
  • Select Search Online to launch your browser and see the results of a search for the filename in your favorite search engine.
  • Select Properties to open a standard Windows Properties dialog box, where you can find all kinds of information about the file.

Startup impact

In addition to deriving information from any of the commands on the context menu, you can determine how much or little a program is affecting the startup time by looking at the value in the Startup Impact column. This measurement is determined by the amount of CPU time and disk usage the application requires during startup. You can then use this value to determine which applications are adding time to the startup procedure, thus helping you decide what applications to disable.

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According to Microsoft, impact values are determined by applying these criteria:

  • High impact—Apps that use more than 1 second of CPU time or more than 3 MB of disk I/O at startup
  • Medium impact—Apps that use 300 ms – 1000 ms of CPU time or 300 KB – 3 MB of disk I/O
  • Low impact —Apps that use less than 300 ms of CPU time and less than 300 KB of disk I/O

Additional columns

You can get more detailed information about the startup impact of your particular applications by adding columns to the Start tab’s default view. To do so, right-click on a column heading to display a list of available column headers in the context menu.

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By adding the Disk I/O At Startup and the CPU At Startup columns and then sorting by the Startup Impact column, you can get a clear picture of your applications’ startup impact.

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The Startup Type column will identify where the application launches from: the Registry or a Folder. The Running column will tell you if the application is currently running. The Disabled Time will tell you how long an application you disabled has been in that state. And the Command Line column will show you the exact path and executable file Windows uses to launch the application.

About MD Maruf Billah

Co-Founder and CEO at IT Segment. Studying Computers and Information at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

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