Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Understanding Startup Items

Todays Tip from Robert Mitchell…

First for Windows RT,

As part of the effort to improve battery life and PC responsiveness, the startup apps support in Windows RT was removed.

Change Description:

Windows RT does not honor startup app entries in the following locations:

· Run key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

· Run key under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

· Run key under HKLM\Software\wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

· Run key under HKCU\Software\wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

· Startup folder under user profile start menu

· Startup folder under all user profile start menu



What does the startup impact mean in Task Manager?




Those values have to do with how much time is added to the startup sequence by that item.

· High impact – Apps that use more than 1 second of CPU time or more than 3 MB of disk I/O at startup

· Medium impact – Apps that use 300 ms – 1000 ms of CPU time or 300 KB – 3 MB of disk I/O

· Low impact – Apps that use less than 300 ms of CPU time and less than 300 KB of disk I/O

The ones that are marked as ‘not measured’ are new start up items from things I’ve installed since the last reboot.  Windows won’t classify them until my next reboot.

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