In previous versions of Windows, you can help it start up faster by disabling startup programs with System Configuration. You can still do it in Windows 8, but the process is different. Here’s a look at managing start up items in the new OS.
Note: This article has been updated for the final version of Windows 8.
On the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Metro Start screen, type: msconfig and hit Enter or click the msconfig.exe icon.
This brings you to the familiar Configuration Utility on the Desktop. But, you’ll notice nothing is listed under the Startup tab except for a link to Task Manager. Click on that.
Or to get directly to Task Manager, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R and type: taskmgr.exe and hit Enter or click OK.
The new Task Manger opens. Click the Startup tab to see the items set to run when you boot your system. Right click on any program to and click Disable.
The program will still appear on the list, but the Status will change to Disabled. Right click again and select Enable to have it run during start up.
For more details, check out our guide on new features available in the Windows 8 Startup tab in Task Manager.