Previous versions of Windows offers “System Configuration” tool (we can launch it by using Msconfig in run command) which lets you troubleshoot Windows startup problems by disabling startup programs or services selectively and users most often use this tool to disable some programs that load on Windows startup to speed up Windows loading.

Now this role has been assigned to Task Manager in Windows 8, where you can able to manage the startup programs from the startup section of TM, true! You only see the message- “To manage startup items, use startup section of Task Manager” when you reach the startup tab on System configuration window. So from Windows 8 onwards, you need to stop the habit of visiting startup tab in the System Configuration tool, now lets get into the matter.

no items on startup tab

Windows 8 Task Manager Startup section shows the name of each item, to which publisher it belongs, enabled or disabled for status, Startup impact whether High, medium or not measured, this is something new for Windows users and very useful instead of depending on anti-frustration software like Soluto, we can now know which programs takes more time to load on startup from Win8 Task Manager itself.

Disabling Startup Items in Windows 8

1. Open Task Manager in Windows 8 by right clicking on the Task bar and selecting Task Manager. Click on Startup tab, now it displays the services or programs that runs on startup and their impact.

statup items in task manager

3. User can now disable programs except antivirus and other security related ones having a higher Startup impact to load Windows 8 faster, select the program and click on the disable button at the bottom, now you won’t get restart prompt like in Windows 7 and you  don’t need to restart your Computer for the changes to take effect, that’s also new for us.

disable startup program

4. From the screenshot above, you can see,  TM reporting startup impact, high for SnagIt and medium for Google Installer where Snagit processes and programs are grouped and shown as single item, which we can expand. Unfortunately, there is no way to disable Snagit’s individual startup items and hence here we’ve to disable the grouped Snagit item.