Is your system booting slowly? Here’s how to flush out clogged startup apps

Is your system booting slowly? Heres a Fix

Is your system booting slowly? Heres how to flush out clogged startup apps

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how to change your startup programs windows upgrade compatprob

Is starting your computer way more of a hassle than it should be? Do you find yourself waiting around for apps to load and connections to finish before you can even start? That kind of waiting is never fun but we know how to make it better. Slow login times can be caused by startup apps, those apps that are set (either manually or automatically) to open when you turn on your computer.Is your system booting slowly

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Some login apps are unnecessary, and some are just broken items from past apps that really should be removed anyway. In other words, you can get rid of them and improve startup times without sacrificing anything. So lets talk about how to do it for Windows and MacOS!

Managing startup apps in Windows 10

Windows 10 gives you plenty of control over what software launches when you start up, and even helps you identify what apps may be slowing down your computer. Heres how to cut back on some of those apps and make a difference.

Step 1: Launch the task manager. You can find the task manager by clicking on theWindows button and looking for it in the list, or searching for it in the nearby search bar.

Task Manager
Task Manager

Step 2: The task manager will only show the current programs you have open. Get it to reveal more information by selecting at More details the bottom of the window. This opens a larger window with a much longer list of apps and various tabs. Dont get overwhelmed! Look at the tab options and go to the one that says Start up.

Step 3: The Start up tab shows you all the apps that are enabled to auto-start when you login. Youll notice that all active apps say Enabled in the status section. Thats the part you want to change. Look through the list and find the apps that you dont need to automatically launch this varies, but consider your tasks and whats essential. You probably want OneDrive to launch at work, your Nvidia graphics card to launch on a gaming rig, and so on. When you find an app you dont need, right-click (or do a long tap with your finger, etc.) to bring up a menu where the your first option is to Disable the app. Theres also a Disablebutton at the bottom of the window if you dont want to right-click.

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Startup Impact
Startup Impact

Step 4: In the task manager, youll see that the last column is called Start up impact which is designed to show just how much time it may be taking up. If it says None then you probably dont need to worry about disabling it. If it says Not measured, then its probably a new app (or you have a new Windows 10 OS), because Windows hasnt been able to measure its impact yet. Over time, Startup impact can provide useful information on what apps are best to disable. Look for apps that have a High impact, and odd-named apps that dont have anything listed under Publisher. These are prime targets.

Step 5: If you arent sure what an app does, its a smart idea to leave it. But if youre desperate to improve login speeds and you end up disabling a few apps that you dont really recognize, your next step should be to shut down your computer and then restart it. Login and complete a few basic tasks, stream some video, and generally try things out. This will help both determine if the startup speed has improved, and see if you accidentally disabled an app that it looks like you need. Even if the app is disabled, it will still stay listed in the task manager so that you can enable it again if necessary.

Managing startup apps inWindows 8

Shortcut: Simultaneously press the Windows + R keys to open the run dialogue box. Then type msconfig.exeinto the dialogue box and choose the startup tab.

Step 1:Log on to Windows 8/8.1 using your account.

Step 2:Move your mouse over the right side of the screen to engage the search menu. TypeTask Manager into the search field.

Step 3:Choose the tab labeled Startup.

task manager windows 8
task manager windows 8

Step 4:Choose the startup program youd like to disable. Then hit Disable.

Adding items to Windows 8 startup

Step 1:Right-click the item you want to automatically open at startup, select Copy.

Step 2:Simulataneously press the Windows + R keys to open the run dialogue box. Then enter %appdata%.

run dialogue box
run dialogue box

Step 3:From the menu that appears choose Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu > Programs > Startup.

add startup windows 8
add startup windows 8

Step 4:Right-click anywhere in the menu and select Paste.

Step 5:Restart the computer to save your startup configuration.

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Next Page: Changing Startup Programs in Windows 7 and Mac

Managing startup apps inWindows 7

Step 1:Go to the Windows Start button and type msconfig in the Search Programs textbox to open the System Configuration console.

Step 2:Click the Startup tab to view all the programs installed as a startup option on your computer.

Step 3:Select the checkboxes of the applications you want to start when you boot up your computer and uncheck all the ones you dont want.

system configuration
system configuration

Step 4:Click Apply and close the configuration window. Then click Restart when the reboot pop-up appears. You must restart to reboot the computer and save the changes.

Adding items to Windows 7 Startup

Step 1:Right-click the item you want to add to Startup, then choose Create Shortcut from the menu that appears. The shortcut will appear in the same folder as the original item.

Step 2:Select the start button > All Programs > Startup.

Step 3:Drag the shortcut to the Startup folder.

When you reboot your computer the startup configuration will automatically save.

Managing startup apps in MacOS

Macs startup app management looks a little different, but still allows you to get rid of any startup apps that you dont want. Heres where to go.

Step 1: Go to System preferences, which you can find in your dock as the gear icon. Once there, look for the silhouette icon called Users & Groups, and head over there.

System Preferences
System Preferences

Step 2: If you have multiple users on your computer, they will appear on the left side of the window. Pick the appropriate user if necessary. Note that some options here may be restricted due to administrator decisions, but you should still be able to alter your startup apps without a problem. Once the right user has been chosen, select the tab near the top of the window that says Login Items.

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Users and Groups
Users and Groups

Step 3: In Login Items, you will see a list of all apps that open on startup. Check the apps that you dont want to open right away. Unfortunately, theres no easy way to see which apps have the most impact on startup time like in Windows, but the list does tell you what kind of software it is, which may help you decided.

Login Items
Login Items

Step 4: Below the list of apps you will find plus and minus signs. Choosing the minus sign will remove the app that you have selected from the list. You can also add new apps with theplus sign, but thats not really the goal here (although its handy to know for the future). You can also choose to remove all selected apps at once if youre really cleaning house. Note that this method works on all newer versions of MacOS, all the way back to Sierra, so the edition you have shouldnt matter.