If you have a Windows-based computer, you may notice that it will take longer to start as time progresses. Several factors can cause your computer to start slow. Today we are going to focus on programs that start up whenever you turn your computer on.

Resource Fight

Whenever you install a program, it will add itself to the startup tasks. Common offenders are Adobe Acrobat, iTunes, Spotify, iCloud, and OneDrive. When these programs startup, they will fight over processing power and RAM. In addition to taking these resources from each other, they will also take them from the operating system. The result is longer boot times. The good thing is that Windows has a few ways you can limit these programs from starting.

Settings App

Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left of your desktop. Click on the settings wheel and find the ‘Apps’ category. Once in this menu, this selects the ‘Startup’ option. From here, you can toggle what apps you want to open when you boot up.

Beneath the toggle, you will also see the impact of the program. There are four categories: No Impact, Low Impact, Medium Impact, and High Impact. This label indicates the strain the program puts on your CPU and storage drive at startup.

Windows StartupWindows 10 App Settings Menu

Task Manager

Another option to manage your startup programs is Task Manager. To get to Task Manager, right-click on any area of your taskbar. Look for the Startup Tab (4th option). From here, it will give you a list of programs and their impact on your computer. There are five categories: None, Not measured, Low, Medium, and High. To disable/enable a program, right clip the app and select the action. If you are unsure about an app, right-click and select properties. A quick search online can give more information about the program.

Windows Startup
Startup Menu in Task Manager

Startup Menu in Task Manager

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