How to Change Startup Programs in Windows 8

Written by: Dogar Sahab - Published: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 - Comments

In order to learn how to change startup programs in Windows 8 read the tutorial below.
How to change Startup Programs in Windows 8

When to Change Startup Programs

Whenever any application or program is installed on any Microsoft based computer, many times it is automatically set to startup as soon as Windows starts. This automatic configuration is application specific, i.e. applications can automatically startup while Windows starts if they are designed to do so. However there might be times when users may not want these applications to initiate themselves automatically with Windows and also there might be times when users may want to start some other applications automatically during Windows startup.

In earlier versions of Windows, i.e. Windows 7 or older, administrators used to access startup folder by navigating and browsing through several Windows using Windows Explorer but in Windows 8 things are a bit more simplified. As a Windows 8 administrator if you want to manage startup programs, i.e. enable or disable programs from getting startup automatically while Windows boots you are required to follow the steps given as below:
1 Logon to the computer on which Windows 8 operating system is installed with administrator credentials.
2 To simplify the process create shortcuts of the applications on the desktop (if they are not already present there) that you want to add to Startup folder.
3 Press Windows + R key to initiate Run box.
4 In the available field type shell:startup command and press enter key.
Type shell:startup
5 On the opened Window drag-in or drag-out the shortcuts of the applications that you want to enable or disable when Windows starts respectively.
Drag and Drop Application Shortcuts to Startup Folder
6 Restart the computer (if required) to allow the changes to take effect.

7. Hit CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard and go to the tab Startup and change the Startup applications there

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