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Adjust the Startup Programs
After you reboot your computer, Windows 8 should automatically sign on
to your account. Your computer should now get to the desktop more quickly
than before. If you ever want to disable automatic logon, go back into Registry
Editor and set the AutoAdminLogon entry to 0. It’s also a good idea to delete
the DefaultPassword string value so your password is not stored in plain text
in the registry.
Adjust the Startup Programs
After you sign on, the system loads your profile, finishes loading the Explorer
shell, and then begins to load the startup programs. If you have ever purchased
a computer, either online or from a retail store, I am sure that you have noticed
all the annoying software programs that load automatically right after you sign
on. Some computer manufacturers go so far overboard with startup applications
that Windows has to hide them so that your taskbar has enough space to show
open windows. If you are like me and have built your own computer, you do
not have to deal with all the preloaded junk that comes from the big computer
manufacturers. Nevertheless, you are still vulnerable to auto-start programs
that are installed by many of the popular applications you use. Over time, as
you install more applications, the automatic startup applications can get out of
control and definitely slow down your logon.
Popular applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Skype, Java, iTunes, and many
more install auto-start components. Consider all the extra auto-start components
these applications add on top of the auto-start applications already installed on
your computer, such as antivirus and anti-spyware applications. Your logon can
slow to a crawl because of the dozens of applications that load after you sign on.
This section helps you discover what programs are starting automatically and
then shows you some great tricks to stop them all from starting up.
Identifying and Disabling Auto-Start Applications
The first step in stopping the auto-start applications is to identify exactly what
is starting up and whether it is needed. You can use two different utilities to
find this information. The first is the enhanced Task Manager utility that comes
with Windows 8. Task Manager now enables you to see which applications start
on logon. Another great utility is called Autoruns by Microsoft Sysinternals.
Autoruns is a more comprehensive utility that enables you to see all
applications that run on logon, as well as other types of auto-starts such as browser
or shell plug-ins.
First, I cover using Windows 8’s Task Manager to identify and disable unneeded
auto-start applications. Then I dive into using Microsoft Sysinternal’s Autoruns
to disable auto-start applications as well as other auto-start components.
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