January 8, 2020 at 7:25 pm #83635TobiParticipant@tobi
On a Windows PC, there are many cool apps that improve your experience for just a few megabytes. It doesn’t really hurt to download and install them. Plus, they aren’t used that much, so they won’t take up a lot of space. Why uninstall them, right? Well, it’s not that simple. Most of the programs we use on our PCs tend to stick around in some form. It’s because of these types of programs that there is a slow build-up over time between pressing the power button and gaining access to functionally use your PC.
Any program that is a part of a PC’s startup list contributes to a reduction in booting speeds. A compilation of many startup programs stacks up to create the slow starting computer you’re dealing with. To get a fix for this is not much of a problem and there are a few ways to fix this. Thankfully, these fixes are all simple and serve as a permanent solution for pesky startup programs.
CCleaner is an easy tool that can be installed to fix this problem. It also has a Registry Cleaner to help in speeding up your computer. But ironically, CCleaner is enabled as a startup program by default.
How to make changes to startup programs using Task Manager
Startup programs are actually pretty accessible for a problem that is so infuriating. To change startup programs, you have to launch the Task Manager. Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of your PC screen and click on Task Manager. Alternatively, use the key combination Ctrl+Shift+Esc. It’s even accessible from the Ctrl+Alt+Del menu.
The default page on the Task Manager does not really indicate where to go. When you launch Task Manager, you need to click on More Details at the bottom left of the app window.
In the next window, you’ll see rows and columns of information being displayed in detail. You can tweak and interact with the applications in these parts. But, we’ll only need the startup items. To get to them, click on the tab at the top that says Startup.
Within this menu, there is a list of every installed program that loads when your computer is turned on.
Through the status column of the menu, you can easily determine what programs are causing issues with the startup. The ones marked as disabled are not worth worrying about. So, you can choose to ignore them.
For you to easily navigate between the enabled and disabled programs, simply click on the Status column to sort by enabled or disabled in an order.
How to get rid of Startup programs with Task Manager
When there are apps you’ve deemed unnecessary at startup, take these simple steps to get rid of them. You don’t have to delete a program if you’re going to need it eventually. To disable the program, right-click on it and select Disable in the menu. Alternatively, simply select the program and click on disable at the bottom right to disable it.
You can now use your computer without having to see a program pop up during startup. The app will remain easily accessible on the list as long as it is installed. So, if you change your mind, you can just click on Enable.
Lastly, make sure you restart your computer to actually enforce the changes and see the effects.
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