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..?

  • correctly answered here ... superuser.com/a/905326/401734
    – Fattie
    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:22
  • @JoeBlow That adds a delay for all desktop apps. Possibly even just the ones in the startup folder (shell:Startup). No? Say you want to delay a specific program, can that solution do it?
    – chappjc
    Sep 15, 2015 at 0:30

2 Answers 2


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.

  • 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, 2013 at 14:44
  • FYI, Soluto now seems to be an iOS/Android-only offering. Oct 23, 2014 at 22:53
  • Fixed the link, they still have a pc version hidden away. This is why software rec questions suck sometimes.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Oct 24, 2014 at 0:04

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 Open source, but out of date (last updated Aug 30, 2011).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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