Optimize Your Windows Startup

Optimize Your Windows Startup

February 16, 2018 Technology 0

When it comes to taking advantage of all the capabilities our technology affords us, most of us barely scratch the surface. However, a little curiosity and effort affords us the ability to improve the interactions with our tech. Automating minimal tasks help improve productivity by allowing us to only concern ourselves with things that absolutely need our attention. Use the following steps to streamline your Windows Startup.

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Also, it’s always a good idea to backup your computer before making any changes to your system.

  1. Remove Unwanted Programs from Windows Startup

    Windows 7 Machine – Open System Configuration by running a search on your computer with the following command: msconfig. After that, navigate to the Startup tab and disable unwanted applications from boot-up.


    Windows 10 Machine – Open Task Manager by right-clicking on the Windows logo on your taskbar, and clicking on Task Manager.


  3. Add Programs to Windows Startup

    Open the Windows Startup Folder

    Windows 7 Machine – Click on [Start]/[Windows Logo], navigate to All Programs >> Startup. You can open the folder by right-clicking it, then selecting Open.

    Windows 10 Machine – Click the [Windows Logo] on your keyboard + the [R] key at the same time, it will open a window that prompts you for a resource to open. Type in: shell:startup and hit [Enter].


    Create a Shortcut of the Program/File to Add to Startup

    We need to be in the folder where the file/program “lives in” for this step. If you don’t know where your program’s file is located, you can easily navigate to it by right-clicking the program, selecting More, then Open file location. After that, right-click the program/file and click on Create shortcut.


    Cut and Paste Shortcut into the Startup Folder

    Right-click the shortcut, then click on Cut.

    Navigate to the Startup folder, right-click inside of it, and select Paste.


  5. Reboot and Test

References: How to Add Programs to Windows Start-up Folder, Change Startup Apps in Windows 10.

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