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Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

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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Konstamokh

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That's a pity, but thanks for the help. I'll just use that shortcut and start it manually everytime. Too bad that OpenVPN needs admin rights to connect, otherwise I could start it automatically.
 

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You're welcome.
 

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Konstamokh

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So, I just noticed that Samsung Magician is starting automatically on a standard user account and needs administrator rights. If that works, what's the right way to do the same with other programs? Use the registry?
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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