Seven Windows 8 Workarounds


6. Startup Apps

The loss of the Start menu also meant the loss of the Startup folder, and apps that used to start on launch no longer do. In Windows 8, Startup items are handled by the Task Manager, which is invoked by selecting it from the right-click (or long-tap) Taskbar menu or from the menu that appears after hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL. Once there, tap the "More Details" control and select the Startup tab. Here Microsoft provides information about the performance impact of startup items and the ability to turn them on/off. Adding items to the list is a bit more complicated. To add items for all users, sign in as an administrator and enter the following path into Windows Explorer to display the hidden folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. To add startup items for an individual user, use this path: C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. Once shortcuts for the desired startup items are placed in the appropriate folder, they should appear in the Task Manager's Startup tab the next time it's opened. Of course, third-party Start menu add-on tools such as Start Menu X also restore the Startup folder.