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Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

  1. #90


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    So I have this Program in Task Manager/Startup that I want to remove, but I can't:

    It was the UxTheme Multi-Patcher, which I uninstalled, but its files were still in Program Files. I deleted them manually, so now it shows Program instead of UxTheme Multi-Patcher.
    I tried deleting the entry from \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run

    but it reappears





    Anything else that might be disabled safely?

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  2. #91


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Cyper, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Double check to see if UXTheme Launcher is in any of your other Startup locations in all options of the tutorial. If so, delete them.

    You could also use the Find and Find Next feature in Registry Editor to search for all instances of UXTheme Launcher, and delete any found.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #92


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Cyper, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Double check to see if UXTheme Launcher is in any of your other Startup locations in all options of the tutorial. If so, delete them.

    You could also use the Find and Find Next feature in Registry Editor to search for all instances of UXTheme Launcher, and delete any found.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
    I have missed one entry in the Registry Editor. All good now.

    Thanks
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  4. #93


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect.
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  5. #94


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Hi guys,

    This is my first post here, what a great resource you've created!

    I really like windows 8, though I can't say I use the metro side as anything more than a flashy start menu. I love that I can press the windows key and just type the name of whatever I want to run, it's so speedy!

    I've got a pretty good machine that's a couple of years old now that was setup as a "jack of all trades" box. details below:

    Intel i7 3770K (oc 4.7ghz)
    16GB 2400 g-skill DDR3
    500gb samsung 840 SSD
    about 4 mechanical drives for media storage
    gigabyte HD7950GT 3GB OC (slightly oc too)

    It's main purpose is, and will continue to be, a media pc, transcoding on the fly to multiple devices around the house both wired and wireless. It also handles streaming services and p2p as well as being the dvr for the living room tv. I gave it a gigabyte hd7950 gt 3gb oc for gaming at 55inches, and it handles my entire adobe collection and subsequent editing duties both photo and video.

    Due to the media duties this machine runs quite a bit of software continuously which is obviously detrimental to gaming. Previously that was not much of a concern as gaming was not that high on the agenda but since my mate built a pc I've been racking up some extra hours. At the same time I've moved the media pc to a dedicated monitor in the study which is more taxing than my tv was (LG 34UM95 - 3440x1440). As a result of the new monitor, my system is feeling the pressure and I'm chasing every clock cycle I can spare in order to play my games as they were intended... everything maxed obviously...

    So now to my question. I've been tossing up my options in terms of how best to setup my system for gaming. I could go down the usual path of a dedicated ssd and windows install purely for gaming but I thought it might be cleaner if I could setup one user account that is strictly minimal in its startup programs and processes. that way I don't have the added startup delays associated with dual boots and gaming is a simple matter of logging out and logging in as a different user. from what I've read from the original post it seems I can remove programs from startup if they are listed but I want to stop all programs and as many processes as possible from starting for the one user only. Is this possible or am I better to just do as everyone else does and build a dedicated gaming SSD? cheers.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Hazy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You basically would have system and user startup items. The system startup items will still be there for that user, so it depends on how many you still need on whether it may help or not with just that user.

    Either way, running the games on a SSD would give you better performance than from a HDD.
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  7. #96


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I used option two but it doesn't seem to work, can you help me?
    I placed the shortcut of the program in the Startup folder by using shell:Startup. Is this method still working?
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  8. #97


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Konstamokh View Post
    I used option two but it doesn't seem to work, can you help me?
    I placed the shortcut of the program in the Startup folder by using shell:Startup. Is this method still working?
    Hello Konstamokh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If the program requires UAC approval (aka: Run as administrator), then Windows will not let it run at startup for security purposes.

    If this is the case, then you can use the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut that can be placed in your Startup folder as workaround instead. This will not work for a standard user account though.

    Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  9. #98


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    You were right with that, it is actually a program that needs admin rights. Thanks for the quick answer!
    I will look into your tutorial and tell you if it solved my problem (probably yes).
    You mentioned that
    • This shortcut will not work in a standard user account.

    My account is a standard user account, is there a way to do it here? I don't care if I have to type in my root password everytime, I have to do it for my virus protection anyways.
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  10. #99


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    For a standard user, you could use the shortcut below instead to avoid having to type in a password each time, but you still won't be able to run it at startup for a standard user.

    Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums
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