One reason why a Windows PC runs slow is the number of startup applications that start with Windows. Such applications will start running in the background when your PC starts and then consume system resources. The only way to stop those applications to use your system resources is to disable/remove them from startup. Fortunately, doing this is a piece of cake in Windows 8.
The old method to manage startup programs still work in Windows 8, which requires user to type “msconfig” in Run window. This should open System Configuration utility. You can now visit the Services and Startup tabs to manage your startup programs in Windows 8.
While the above method works great, Windows 8 now comes with an interface for managing startup applications which can be accessed from the new Task Manager. This means that you can use the Task Manager to specify which applications load up when Windows starts.
Now, there are three ways to start Task Manager in Windows 8. One method is to right click on the Taskbar and click on Task Manager from the options.
Second method is to move your mouse to the extreme lower left corner of the screen and then you’ll be able to see the Start screen button. Left-click there to open power user menu, or alternatively, press Windows + X key. From the options, click on Task Manager.
The Task Manager can also be launched by searching for it on the Start screen. Simply type “task” (without quotes) and then hit Enter.
Now that you’ve opened Task Manager, you can see its default view which will show you only the name of the applications that are running. Click on the down arrow button to get more details.
Finally, you can click on the Startup tab which will display which programs start with Windows. If you see any unnecessary app or bloatware that you don’t regularly use, it makes sense to disable it from the startup. To do this, right-click on it and then click on Disable. Alternatively, you can just select the program and then click on Disable from the bottom of the dialog box.
When you’re done managing your startup programs/applications, click on the Close (X) button from the top right corner of the window.
If you’ve made any changes, then you’ll need to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Welcome to a more faster Windows 8!