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Cannot access all startup items in Windows 8

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    Ztruker
    if you have it in less details mode it automatically only shows the currently running apllications, not the startup applications.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Nothing on my computer is in any kind of limited access and because of habit I am always making sure I look at everything in a detailed mode if its available. I was giving into the notion that it might be malware but I've been experiencing this issue since day 1.
    alphanumericbrought me to the true startup list in the registry, so why can't I see it in the task manager?

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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1


    I have found that "autoruns" gives a more accurate picture of what is actually starting. You can download it here:

    Autoruns for Windows

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  4. #14


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    my2cents
    I don't doubt that it is a great program but I would still like to know why a basic integrated component of the operating system is not functioning correctly.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ericwish1 View Post
    my2cents
    I don't doubt that it is a great program but I would still like to know why a basic integrated component of the operating system is not functioning correctly.
    Hi ericwidh1,

    Yes, I did miss the target solution on this one because I didn't read the thread entirely. However, many are already working with you on this issue so I apologize for possibly taking this off-track a bit.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    It is helpful no doubt. I just don't understand why a basic component in the OS is not working and there is no malware present. There are no limited settings or profiles enabled, so why can I not view all of the programs starting up with the machine?
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1


    Just a suggestion for you to try. Instead of trying to solve this entire issue without targeting any specific startup program, why not pick one that you know for sure starts on boot and then try to find out why it doesn't show in task manager. Here are 2 examples:

    Norton (your machine): I did some quick research and it appears this may have been removed as a task manager startup entry because it was perceived to be vulnerable to rootkit attacks. Why not post in the Norton forums to confirm?

    Start8 (my machine): Does not appear as a startup entry in my task manager but it does appear as a running service via msconfig. Who knows why?

    I guess what I'm trying to say that each machine may be different and some may appear to have more missing entries than another. So here is what I would do. Try to gather a list of all programs, that you think (or know) should appear there, and list them here. Once done, the forum members can collectively confirm each entry is either missing as well or help you to discover why via research. Now, I've already given you a possible clue about Norton so why not get that list together and post it here and also pursue that Norton entry via the Norton forums?
    Last edited by my2cents; 15 Sep 2013 at 21:42.
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  8. #18


    Sorry, been away on vacation for 10 days, just got back.

    Can you post a picture of the entire Task Manager window pleas4e?
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8 64-bit


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    Ztruker
    this is what I see when I go into my task manager and go into the start up tab. Occasionally it will only have the shell program and not even Dropbox. Please help me! I am attempting to update this to Windows 8.1, so I will see if that fixes the issue. I just want to know what is wrong an how to fix my computer.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    I have now updated to Windows 8.1. I was really hoping that the update would solve my issues, but of course, it didn't so I am still in the same position I was before.
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