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Cannot access all startup items in Windows 8

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    Cannot access all startup items in Windows 8


    I am aware that the start up menu has been moved from msconfig to the task manager in Windows 8. However, I am running into issues because I have other third party software starting up with my computer such as Norton internet security, Dropbox, etc. But those processes do not appear within this tab and never have. I would like to find out, is there an alternate way of accessing these entries in order to either enable or disable them?

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    Look under Services.

    Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and press Enter.
    Check Hide all Microsoft Services then look at the remaining ones, see if what you want is there.
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    Open regedit and look in;

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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    Ztruker
    I am not talking about Windows services, I am referring to software starting up with the machine.
    alphanumeric
    it looks like the first registry entry has the full list of the startup items, but how do I access that same list when I got into the task manager and go to the start-up tab? There is a SINGLE entry, why do the rest seem to be hidden from this tab?
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    Are you sure you have Administrator authority? Does Control Panel, User Accounts say you do?

    You could try enabling the real Administrator account then logon to it and see what it shows in Startup?

    Open a Elevated Command Prompt
    Type net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter
    Switch users to Administrator or logoff your current account and login as Administrator
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericwish1 View Post
    Ztruker
    I am not talking about Windows services, I am referring to software starting up with the machine.
    alphanumeric
    it looks like the first registry entry has the full list of the startup items, but how do I access that same list when I got into the task manager and go to the start-up tab? There is a SINGLE entry, why do the rest seem to be hidden from this tab?
    I don't know why there is a discrepancy between the two. Logitech annoys me buy putting in a reminder to register your product entry in startup. I could never find it with msconfig in Windows 8 so I went old school and looked at the RUN entries in the registry. I don't even bother with msconfig anymore. regedit will let you save locations under its favorites tab so I save those three locations there to make them easy to find latter on.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Also have a look here, I'm on my Windows 7 PC at the moment but I think Windows 8 uses the same locations. Some of these are likely hidden folders so you'll have to change your view settings to find them.

    C:\Users\(your user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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    When I view the Startup tab in Task Manager in Win 8, I see the items there that would previously have been seen on the Startup tab of msconfig in Win 7. You specifically mentioned Norton and Dropbox, I don't use Norton but Dropbox shows up in the list as do other items I use. Can you post a snapshot of the Startup tab of Task Manager?
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    Windows 8 64-bit


    strollin
    that is exactly what I am talking about. In Windows 7, I had no issue seeing all startup items in msconfig but now, for reasons unknown, it does not list everything starting up with the machine and I want to know why.
    Click image for larger version

    I took a screenshot of the startup tab with the taskbar beneath it just so you can see the vast difference.
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    Any chance there is a More Details button at lower left of the Startup tab in Task Manager?

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