Hello everyone and welcome to another great tutorial from errortools.com I hope everyone is feeling great and that you are prepared to boost the performance of your computer. This time we will speed up Windows startup time and overall performance by eliminating startup programs that we don't need and do not use.
Microsoft itself and some application developers tend to have some applications or some services always active and set to be loaded on Windows startup. If you want to change which of these applications are starting up with your Windows and change them, follow this easy guide and you will be speeding up your Windows in no time.
First thing is to open a task manager, fastest and most direct way of doing this is with a keyboard combination of CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
When Task Manager opens, click on the startup tab on top.
Once you click on startup you will get a list of applications that are set to be started when Windows is booted.
You can now click on the application and then click on disable on the bottom button, the application status will update in task manager to disabled and it will not be booted anymore when Windows starts. In this same manner, you can enable back some applications if you changed your mind about them.
Please note that some applications are using some services and must have them running or they will not work properly. The best practice is to disable applications you are positive you will not use or use rarely so you do not want them to slow down Windows.
|Windows Key||Opens/closes the Start menu.|
|Windows Key + Up Arrow||Maximizes the selected window.|
|Windows Key + Down Arrow||Reduces the window size. (Restore down.)|
|Windows Key + M||Minimizes all open windows.|
|Windows Key + Shift + M||Opens minimized windows.|
|Windows Key + Tab||Shows Task View.|
|Windows Key + L||Locks the screen.|
|Windows Key + A||Opens the Action Center.|
|Windows Key + V||Opens Clipboard History.|
|Windows Key + I||Opens the Settings menu.|
|Windows Key + F||Opens the Feedback hub.|
|Windows Key + H||Opens the dictation toolbar.|
|Windows Key + P||Opens the projection settings.|
|Windows Key + . (Windows Key + ;)||Opens the emoji panel.|
|Windows Key + C||Opens Cortana in listening mode.|
|Windows Key + C (Windows Key + Q)||Opens Windows Search.|
|Windows Key + G||Opens the Xbox game bar.|
|Windows Key + X||Opens the secondary start menu.|
|Windows Key + <number>||Opens the app in the taskbar relative to the number input. For example, if Chrome is the fourth app on the taskbar, using Windows Key + 4 will open Chrome.|
|Windows Key + Alt + <number>||Opens the right-click menu for the app in the taskbar relative to the number input. For example, if Chrome is the fourth app on the taskbar, using Windows Key + Alt + 4 will open Chrome’s right-click menu.|
|Windows Key + D||Shows/hides open apps on the desktop.|
|Windows Key + E||Opens File Explorer.|
|Windows Key + U||Opens Ease of Access in the Settings menu.|
|Windows Key + Print Screen||Takes a screenshot of the desktop.|
|Windows Key + Control + F||Opens the Find Computers window.|
|Windows Key + Control + D||Creates a virtual desktop.|
|Windows Key + Control + Left Arrow||Switches to the virtual desktop on the left.|
|Windows Key + Control + Right Arrow||Switches to the virtual desktop on the right.|
|Windows Key + Control + F4||Closes the active virtual desktop.|
|Windows Key + Space||Switches between installed languages (for writing text).|
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