Windows 8 : Diagnosis and Recovery - The Startup, Users, Details, and Services Tabs

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The remaining tabs of the Task Manager are less used, but you might find them useful from time to time.

The Startup tab maintains a list of the applications that automatically launch when you start your system . Note that applications you launch after your system starts up are not included in this list. The list shows the amount of resources that the app consumes.


 Startup lists the applications that automatically launch. It allows you to disable an app, which can be useful for diagnostic purposes when your system exhibits unstable or unusual behaviors.

You can use this list to enable or disable an application’s startup behavior.

The Users tab  is a variation of the Processes tab, but it lists apps and services alphabetically by user—again in heat map format. You can use this diagnostic feature to stop startup programs if they are consuming too many resources or contributing to a very slow startup.


 Users is an alphabetical listing of running applications and processes broken out by connected user accounts. You can use it to end a user’s session and terminate apps or services.

The Details tab is an alphabetical listing of apps and services running on your system. It can be useful when you want to quickly find something without having to search categories first.


 The Details tab is an alphabetical listing of apps and processes running on your system.

Notice that tile-based apps show a state of “Suspended”  when you work on the Desktop. When you switch away from a tile-based app, the program’s state is saved to disk and is no longer running. That’s why tile-based apps require so little time to start back up, and why you aren’t required to close them when you aren’t using it. The Backgammon app highlighted in  is a tile-based app.

The Services tab is worthy of some attention. Services are processes that run in the background and are used whenever required. Some processes are loaded into memory and perform periodic functions; other processes are suspended and their state is stored until they are called for; other processes run continually.


 The Services tab

Click the Open Services link at the bottom of the window to open the Services control panel and alter a service’s behavior. Be careful, though, because some services are essential to keep Windows running, and many services have dependencies that require other specific services be running for them to work. You can garner information on the dependencies from descriptions found in the Services control panel.

To enable or disable a startup app

1. Tap and hold, or right-click, an application to view its context menu.

2. Select the Disable command to pause a running application.


Select the Enable command to run a paused app again.

To disconnect a user

1. Tap or click the user account to select it.

2. Tap or click the Disconnect button to end that user’s session.

To terminate an app or process

1. Tap or click an app or process to select it.

2. Tap or click the Disconnect button to terminate that app or process.


Many services are optional but are installed anyway. Hardcore gamers often turn off services to optimize their systems; you can get advice on this from The average user probably shouldn’t bother.


There are better tools than Task Manager for managing startup activities. One competent application is the System Configuration utility, which ships with Windows 8. Go to the Run dialog box, type msconfig, and press Enter to view this utility.

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