Manage Startup Applications in Windows® OS
What are the guidelines to manage various Windows Startup applications?
As you boot the Windows Operating system, you can see a number of applications are being loaded automatically. These programs are called as Startup Programs. Commonly used startup programs include the antivirus software, firewall so on. These programs are launched at startup time as per user desires. But, the startup of the Windows system may get much slower due to time needed for launching these applications. Also, there will be programs which you need to startup automatically with booting. All these programs are stored in the Startup folder of the system. You can manage these applications with different methods.
Here are some steps to manage startup applications in Windows system:
- Adding more programs
- Change using 'msconfig'
- Using Windows Defender
Adding more programs
You can add more programs to start up at booting time with the help if Startup folder. For this, you need to navigate to 'Start' menu of the system and select the 'All Programs' options. Next step is to right clcik the Startup folder and select the 'Open All Users' option in the pop-up menu. It will open up startup folder for all used. You can then copy the file or file or folders to the startup folder which you need to start at booting time. These programs will be loaded at each time you start the system.
Change using 'msconfig'
You can get the help of 'msconfig' command to alter current Windows startup programs. For this, you need to type 'msconfig' in the search text box. The System Configuration console will be opened in which you need to select the 'Startup' tab. All programs which was installed as startup options will be displayed. You need to mark and clear checkboxes for enabling and disabling these applications. Finally, you need to click the 'Apply' button and close the window. A pop-up window will be appeared in which you need to select the 'Restart' option to save these changes.
You can make use of Windows Defender itself to manage startup programs in your Windows system. To do this, you need to launch the Windows Defender first. You can then select the 'Software Explorer' from 'Tools' menu. You need to then navigate to the 'Startup Programs' in 'Category' list. You can now list out all startup entries of the Windows system by just clicking the 'Show for all users’ option. Here, you get options for enabling, disabling or removing different startup entries.
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