How to Change Startup Programs in Windows 8

Microsoft Windows has had quite a few drastic changes to way startup programs are managed. Though hard to imagine, but it was Windows Vista, which started to provide a useful interface to manage the startup programs. Microsoft removed it from Windows 7, forcing users to rely on more old-fashioned utilities. Then Windows 8 had a surprising and an even better solution for this problem.

If you have a habit of installing and uninstalling a lot of programs, it is a good idea to visit your startup list from time to time to ensure that unnecessary applications aren’t slowing boot time and stealing system resources.

Easiest way in Windows 8 to change the startup list:


  1. Start the Task Manager and visit the Startup tab
  2. Click on the application you would like to update
  3. Enable or disable the same programs.

Below screenshot shows how to disable BitTorrent at start:

change startup programs in windows 8

While some applications are obviously safe to disable this way, don’t get carried away. Some of these applications and utilities are useful and even necessary in some cases. Make sure you touch only the applications you’re sure about or do a research online if you’re not sure about an application. And be sure to research items you don’t understand online.

When you’re done, close Task Manager. Note that you will need to reboot for the changes to take effect.

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