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Windows tip: Slow startup? Your startup programs may be to blame

So, wondering why your new Windows 8 PC is taking so long to start up in the morning? The culprit might be one of your startup programs—that is, programs on your hard drive that launch the moment you hit the power button.

The Windows 8 Task Manager has a nifty feature that not only lists all the programs that launch when your system starts up, but also rates the “impact” they have on your PC’s startup speed.

Now, some “high” startup-impact programs will probably be ones that your system can’t live without—like, for instance, the “Rundll32″ application, an essential Windows app that helps other Windows program access shared “libraries” of computer code.

Others, however, may be programs that you forgot you even installed—and now they’re sitting on your PC, launching themselves whenever you start your system and gobbling up precious system resources.

So, ready to put a leash on programs that are slowing your system right out of the gate?

Not sure what a specific startup program does? Right-click its name to get more details.

Here’s how…

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Note: This updated tip was first published in June 2013.