What exactly does this program do? I know it's there because my PC has Intel Rapid Storage Technology which makes storage faster, but why does it need to add a "Delayed Launcher" program at startup.

What could be the consequences if I disable this program?

3 Answers 3


I recently asked Intel support about this process, and the short answer is, yes you can disable and even uninstall Rapid Storage Technology from your computer.

quotes from Intel support:

About the question if Intel® has a website explaining what is the Intel delayed launcher, no we do not have it but I can do a research with our Intel® Specialist on this topic to get some information for you


by removing the Intel® Rapid Storage the Intel Delayed Launcher is also uninstalled. Also, since you do not have any RAID installed as you mentioned, you can uninstall it if you do not need it.

And for reference, Intel rapid storage page: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/rapid-storage-technology.html

Tested SSD speed with CrystalMark (and didn't notice any difference)

  1. With Rapid Storage installed and Delayed Launcher running

with rapid

  1. With Rapid Storage and Delayed Launcher uninstalled (and reboot)

no rapid

*Update 2020: Saw this piece of information in ASRock website:

Intel Rapid Storage Technology provides benefits to users of a single drive as well. Through AHCI, storage performance is improved through Native Command Queuing(NCQ). AHCI also delivers longer battery life with Link Power Management (LPM), which can reduce the power consumption of the chipset and Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive. https://download.asrock.com/Manual/RAID/Z390%20Taichi/IntelRapidStorage/English.pdf


"Should I disable.."

Just disable it.

Since you wont be asking if you are not poking around with the startup options..

"What could be the consequences if I disable this program?"

Just FYI, in my case it doesn't move a thing.. I didn't notice any significant performance improvement either. I don't know if that's the case for others.

"why does it need to add a "Delayed Launcher" program at startup. "

On this part I really don't know why Intel do it.. IMHO, If it is up to me.. I would do the same to my startup sequence.. I DO want my windows component to properly loads first.. then only other background application.. except for antivirus, where I think the earlier the better.

Hope this helps in any ways possible. ( :


After doing some research, it seems delayed launcher or IAStorIconLaunch.exe from Intel RST uses the local run registry setting to execute when a user logs in Windows. Doing that actually delays your boot time for about 30-60 seconds before viruses or malware can interfere with system files. This also allows Intel RRT to restore the hard disk from the "recovery partition" which is maintained using RAID 1 mirroring and runned in the background. It's basically a system recovery measure but also allows your Windows system to load before any other apps like viruses/malware. This service can be disabled via "msconfig" through the Run application or through the task manager's Startup tab


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .