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Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8


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Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to manage your startup items to add, delete, enable, and disable them in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Manage Startup Programs and Items in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to manage your startup items to add, delete, enable, and disable them in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Manage Startup Programs and Items in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
Startup items are the programs, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc... that are set to run automatically at startup when a user signs in to Windows 8. Startup items can be added by either the programs or drivers you install, or manually by you.

This tutorial will show you how to manage your startup items to add, delete, enable, and disable them in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
When you first sign in to Windows 8, there will be a short delay (few seconds) before the added startup programs open by default.

See: How to Reduce the Startup Delay Time for Desktop Apps in Windows 8 and 8.1


CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Startup Programs in Task Manager
  • Option Two: To Add or Delete Startup Programs in the "Startup" Folder
  • Option Three: To Delete Startup Programs in Registry Editor
  • Option Four: To Enable, Disable, or Delete Startup Programs in CCleaner





OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Startup Programs in Task Manager

1. Open Task Manager into the More details view, and click/tap on the Startup tab. (see screenshots below)​
2. To Enable a Startup Program
A) Click/tap on a disabled startup item, and click/tap on the Enable button.​
NOTE: If the Enable button is grayed out, then it means that you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to.​
Task-Enable.jpg

3. To Disable a Startup Program
A) Click/tap on a enabled startup item, and click/tap on the Disable button.​
NOTE: If the Disable button is grayed out, then it means that you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to.​
Task-Disable.jpg

4. When finished, you can close Task Manager.​






OPTION TWO
To Add or Delete Startup Programs in the "Startup" Folder

1. Open Windows Explorer, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
NOTE: You could do so by pressing the :winkey: + E keys.​
2. To Add or Delete Startup Programs for a "Specific User" Only
A) In Windows Explorer, navigate to the hidden system folder below:​
NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open Run, type shell:Startup, and click/tap on OK.​
Code:
[B]C:\Users\[COLOR=#ff0000](User-Name)[/COLOR]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup[/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]
B) Go to step 4.​
3. To Add or Delete Startup Programs for "All Users"
NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.​
A) In Windows Explorer, navigate to the hidden system folder below:​
NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open Run, type shell:Common Startup, and click/tap on OK.​
Code:
[B]C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup[/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]
B) Go to step 4.​
4. You can now either add or delete shortcuts for what items you like in the Startup folder.​
5. When finished, close the Startup folder.​






OPTION THREE
To Delete Startup Programs in Registry Editor

1. Open regedit, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.​
NOTE: You could do this by pressing :winkey: + R to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.​
3. To Delete Startup Programs for the "Current User" Only
NOTE: This will only be applied to your currently signed in user account.​
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below one at a time.​
Code:
[B]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run[/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][COLOR=red][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]AND[/COLOR][/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce[/B]
B) Go to step 5.​
4. To Delete Startup Programs for "All Users"
NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below one at a time.​
For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8
Code:
[B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run[/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][COLOR=red][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]AND[/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][/COLOR][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce[/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][COLOR=red][B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]AND (If added by [/B][/COLOR][B][URL="http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/208799-programs-documents-run-user-logon.html"]Group Policy[/URL][/B][COLOR=red][B])[/B][/COLOR][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][B]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run[/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][B][COLOR=#ff0000]AND (If added by [/COLOR][URL="http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/208799-programs-documents-run-user-logon.html"]Group Policy[/URL][COLOR=#ff0000])[/COLOR][/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run[/B]
In Addition for Only 64-bit Windows 8
Code:
[B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run[/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][COLOR=red][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2]AND[/COLOR][/B][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][/INDENT]
[INDENT=2][B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce[/B]
5. In the right pane of Run or RunOnce, right click or press and hold on a listed startup item that you would like to delete, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)​
REG.jpg
6. Click/tap on Yes to confirm deletion.​
7. When done, close regedit.​





OPTION FOUR
To Enable, Disable, or Delete Startup Programs in CCleaner

1. If you have not already, download and install the latest version of the free CCleaner program.​
2. Run CCleaner, click/tap on the Tools icon on the left, then click/tap on the Startup tab. (see screenshot below)​
3. From here, you can select a startup item, then either enable, disable, or delete it. (see screenshot below)​
CCleaner.jpg


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Thanks for this Brink,but I have a problem,in task manager\startup tab I have YMessenger but I can't see it for my user account in

C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
 

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Hello Sali, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you were wanting to disable or remove YMessenger from running at startup, then you might check to see if it may be listed using OPTION ONE or OPTION THREE to do so. :)

Hope this helps,
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Instead of typing in the long path to user folder or "All Users" folder you can just type in Windows Explorer:

shell:Startup
or
shell:Common Startup
 

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Thanks Brink,but why I can't do this with option Two? There's empty while I have YM in my Task manager\startup tab!
Sali,

If you wanted to have YM run at startup for only your user account, then you could add a shortcut of YM in the Startup folder step 2 of OPTION TWO. :)
 

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You're most welcome Sali. I'm glad that we could help. :)
 

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In my Win 8 Task Manager Startup Tab, I found two entries that were enabled called 'Program'. No Publisher is listed. If I right click on them, the Open File Location and Properties are grayed out. I disabled both of them. How can I find out what these are and delete them? Thanks!
 

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Hello egruber, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Double check using OPTION FOUR instead to see if it may show a file path to help see what it is. :)
 

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Hello egruber, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Double check using OPTION FOUR instead to see if it may show a file path to help see what it is. :)
I tried that before I submitted the post. I didn't see them in there. Weird.
My apologies. I had not done Option 4, I had done Option 3. I did execute Option 4, found them and deleted them. Thanks very much for your help!
 

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Great news. You're welcome. :)
 

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You're welcome D3l7a3ch0, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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Neither method in option #2 works for me. If I add them manually in the registry, they work, but I'd rather not do that long-term, as I always have to go look up the location in the registry. Also not a very option for less-experienced users.

I have found that adding a task in the task scheduler works, but that's also not a very good option for less-experienced users.

Mainly just wondering if I'm an anomaly with option 2.

Thanks!
 

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Hello bwood,

What shortcuts were you adding using OPTION TWO?

There is a short delay after signing in before the start up programs actually open.
 

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Shortcut to taskmanager and also a cpu temperature program (RealTemp) that also sits in the taskbar.

Waited several minutes--they never start. I guess you could say I'm still waiting on this current boot. I've noticed that task scheduler has a delay for them to start, but with the startup folder, they never start. There are other shortcuts in those folders (one in the AppData folder and two in the ProgramData folder) that do actually start at login. Not sure why no new ones launch at startup when I add them. Only one of those 3 shortcuts show up in the various Run folders in the registry, so that can't be the only reason why mine aren't launching.
 
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Odd. Not sure why they wouldn't run from the Startup folder, but do from the registry location.

Do they run elevated?
 

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