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Microsoft created a new feature on Windows 8 that allow users to manage startup programs on Windows Task Manager:

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We can Disable or Enable programs that Windows show us that are having "High" impact on Windows 8 startup time. There is a way to disable it, but assuming that I don't want to completelly disable it from automatic startup, I just want to set a delay time on this program startup, as already happends on Windows services:

Automatic (Delayed) is a new startup type introduced in Windows Vista, that starts the service a short while after the system has finished its booting and initial busy operations, so that the system boots up faster.

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There is any way to do that? Even being with Windows register, vbs, powershell or whaterver..?

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Soluto should do the trick - Its an application meant for measuring and optimising start up times. You can select the 'pause' option to load a startup item when needed, and the delay option to delay a startup entry.

This article seems to state its a registry hack, but dosen't actually say what entries need editing - so this may be another option.

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I was really hoping to be able to do this with installing an application but I installed Soluto last night and it is pretty sweet. Good call. –  devlife Jan 5 '13 at 14:44

This article discusses "3 Small Windows Tools To Delay any Program(s) At Startup". The recommendations are:

  1. Startup Delayer. I found this to be a small but full featured program. There are free and premium versions to choose from.
  2. LaunchLater. Open source, but out of date (last updated Aug 30, 2011). I didn't try this one.
  3. WinPatrol. Well-designed Autoruns-like program. Frequently updated. Free and "Plus" versions.

Soluto is a strange cloud-/web-based solution, and it seems to require you to create an account. Not on my list of programs to try.

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