In Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista, in order to disable programs loading at startup in Windows you would use the MSCONFIG command to open the System Configuration tool from Windows. The purpose of this tool is to allow you to disable some programs or services that load at Windows startup to decrease the time required for your Windows operating system to load each time.
One of the new features that come in Windows 8 is the integrated startup manager from the Task Manager, which lets you disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8. In order to access the feature you will have to select the Startup tab when you open Task Manager. Microsoft has now placed a shortcut to the System Configuration tool right within the Task Manager, so that you can disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8 easily.
If you will try to use MSCONFIG to disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8 you will notice that Microsoft will redirect you to the Task Manager with an link in the Startup tab from System Configuration.
Even though Microsoft changed the way to access the Windows startup programs list most of its features remained the same. In the Startup section from the Windows 8 Task Manager, you have 4 columns, each one displaying information that allows you to figure out and identify which programs should be disabled. You can view the startup impact level (high, medium or not measured) for each program that is setup to load in your Windows 8 session. This way, you can identify which of the programs impact the most the time required for Windows 8 to load.
How to disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8?
In order to disable the programs that load at startup in Windows 8 you will have to open the Task Manager by simultaneously pressing the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys or by right clicking on the Windows taskbar and selecting the Task Manager option. Once the window opens, you have to click on the Startup tab to see the list of programs that are setup to load automatically with your Windows.
The first thing that you should do if you want to disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8 is to identify the ones that have a high impact on the time required for Windows 8 to load and disable those programs. All you have to do is select the desired entry and then click on the Disable button. Please note that you should not disable antivirus software or any other software related to your computer security even though you see a High level in the impact column. If you choose to disable programs loading at startup in Windows 8 from this category your system will not be protected against viruses or other kind of attacks.
Unlike for the previous version of the operating system, in Windows 8 if you choose to disable programs loading at startup you will not have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
We noticed that in order to disable a program loading at startup in Windows 8 you sometimes have to select the entire group of entries belonging to that program.