Part 6 of Tweaking, Optimizing and Speeding Up Your Computer – Cleaning the Startup Folder

In our previous article we talked about removing items from the Task Scheduler. Now let’s remove items starting in another place, the ‘Startup’ folder.

Up through Windows 7 the Startup folder was a predominant location. Easy to use and easy to find. Beginning with Windows 8, Microsoft has made it more difficult to find. It’s still there and stuff gets placed in it.

When you add or remove a program from this folder, it simply just causes the program to start or not start when the computer is turned on. The program is still on the computer and can be run manually when you want or need it to.

There are two “Startup” folders you need to check. There are easy ways to get to the folders.

The first is to navigate in Windows Explorer to it by going to: “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup”

To get there in Windows Explorer click once on the folder icon (Circled in red below) on your taskbar.

Then copy and paste or click your way through “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup“ in the title bar.

In this folder you can see what is loading.

In my case it is just various QuickBooks files. While there is no need for them to load when the computer starts, I am going to leave them alone.

If I wanted to remove something here, I would just click on it one time and then click on my keyboard’s “Delete” key. Easy simple and quick.

There is another location where there is a “startup” folder (thanks Microsoft). Using the Run box it is simple to get there.

Click on the Windows Icon on your Keyboard (Lower left between the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Alt’ keys) while holding it, press the “R” key. That should bring up the ‘Run’ dialog box. Type in “Shell:Startup” (no spaces) and select ‘OK’ and you will be taken to the alternate Startup folder.

This Startup folder is in the Roaming profile. Notice the path below is different than our first folder. You can navigate to it via Windows Explorer if you have your system set to ‘Show Hidden Files’. You can’t cut and paste what I have because the username (pmred) will be your user name.

Regardless of how you get there, you may or may not have items. On 11 computers checked, none had anything in this location. However, if I didn’t tell you about it, you would have a dozen items loading.

That is all there is to removing items from the startup folders and speeding up your boot up and system just a little bit more.

If you want something loading in startup, just put a shortcut of the file or program in one of these locations. We do that with reminders on client’s computers so that every time the computer boots, the end user sees the reminder.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week.

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