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See Impact of Startup Apps in Windows 11

Startup apps are the apps that start automatically when you sign in to Windows 11.

You can have any app, shortcut, folder, drive, file, script, etc.. items automatically open or run at startup.

Windows 11 includes functionality to ensure you are always in control of the apps that run on your systems. Settings and Task Manager shows a list of startup apps, along with controls that allow users to disable startup apps. To help users determine what to disable, Settings and Task Manager displays a measure of each startup app’s impact. Impact is assessed based on an app’s CPU and disk usage at startup.

This tutorial will show you how to see what the startup impact is for your startup apps on your Windows 11 PC.

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Enable or Disable Delay of Running Startup Apps in Windows 11

Startup apps are the apps that start automatically when you sign in to Windows 11.

You can have any app, shortcut, folder, drive, file, script, etc.. items automatically open or run at startup.

By default, Windows will run the items in your Startup folder (shell:startup) after about a 10 second delay at Windows startup when you sign in to your account. This was done to help improve the performance of Windows startup. If you have a fast computer, then you may wish to disable this startup delay to have your startup items run as soon as you sign-in instead of delayed.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the delay of running startup apps at Windows startup for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Open Microsoft Edge Bar at Windows Startup

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The Edge bar (formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

You can use the WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup policy to enable or disable running the Edge bar at Windows startup for all users.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable running the Edge bar at startup for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Automatically Run Hyper-V Virtual Machines at Startup in Windows 11

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in virtualized and isolated environment. Special software called a hypervisor manages access between the virtual systems and the physical hardware resources. Virtualization enables quick deployment of computer systems, a way to quickly restore systems to a previously known good state, and the ability to migrate systems between physical hosts.

Hyper-V is only available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. Hyper-V is not available on the Home edition.

You can configure Hyper-V virtual machines to automatically run at startup when you boot or restart the computer (host OS).

By default, a Hyper-V host saves the state of virtual machines when restarted. It means that if a VM was running before a restart, Hyper-V will start it automatically. Automatic startup settings are configured for each VM individually.

There are three options available to manage the automatic startup of a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM):

  • Nothing = When a computer (host) boots, the virtual machine will not automatically run at startup (regardless of its state before the host shutdown or restart).
  • Automatically start if it was running when the service stopped = The virtual machine will automatically run at startup only if it has been running when the computer (host) shutdown or restart.
  • Always start this virtual machine automatically= The virtual machine will always run at startup when the computer (host) boots.
    • Automatic start delay = Specify a startup delay for the virtual machine in seconds. You can use the delay to manage the boot order of virtual machines, and reduce the load contention between virtual machines.

This tutorial will show you how to manage running Hyper-V virtual machines at startup for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off OneDrive Run at Startup in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive is set to start automatically when you sign in (aka: “run at startup”) to Windows 11 by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off start OneDrive automatically at sign in for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Run Windows Terminal at Startup in Windows 10

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having the Windows Terminal app automatically run at startup for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Cortana to Automatically Run at Startup in Windows 10

Cortana, your personal productivity assistant, helps you stay on top of what matters and save time finding what you need. Simply type or speak requests in natural language to connect with people, manage your schedule, find a free hour, set a reminder, add a task, and more. You can also find local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance updates.

With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update version 2004, you now have access to a new Cortana experience that offers an emphasis on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365. Cortana in Windows 10 features a chat-based UI that gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using your voice or the keyboard.

Cortana in Windows will assist you in better managing your schedule and tasks. You can speak or type requests to check your calendar, set a reminder, or add to your lists in Microsoft To Do. And you can look up local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance information with Bing search.

With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update version 2004, you now also turn on or off having the Cortana.exe process automatically run in the background at startup. If turned off, Cortana will not run until you open it.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable having Cortana automatically run in the background at startup for your account in Windows 10 May 2020 Update version 2004 and higher.

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How to Enable or Disable Run News Bar at Startup in Windows 10

The News Bar app brings you the latest news from the Microsoft News network of over 4500 of the world’s most respected journalism brands. In addition, you can configure it to provide you with up to date information throughout the day on your favorite stocks.

Microsoft’s Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It’s there when you need it, where you need it and how you need it. Customize its appearance in settings to find the experience that’s just right for you. If you want to focus, don’t worry, you can minimize the News Bar at any time and then bring it back when you’re ready for it again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable having the News Bar automatically run at startup for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Delete Boot Loader Entry on Boot Menu at Startup in Windows

If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a boot loader entry of an installed operating system on the boot options menu at startup in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

By default, the last OS installed will have its boot loader entry listed first in order on the boot options menu, but you can set the boot loader entries to be in any order you want displayed on the boot options menu at startup.

This tutorial will show you how to change the boot entry display order of installed operating systems in the boot options menu at startup in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Startup Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

You can set Microsoft Edge to open a new tab (default), continue where you left off, or open a specific page or pages on startup.

This tutorial will show you how to change the startup of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge to open a new tab, continue where you left off, or open a specific page or pages by default.

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How to Auto-Mount VHD or VHDX File at Startup in Windows 10

VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine.

VHDX is a Hyper-V virtual hard disk file format. VHDX has a much larger 64 TB storage capacity than the older VHD format 2TB limit. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.

When you mount a .vhd or .vhdx file, it will be added as a drive in This PC to open it from.

This tutorial will show you how to create an elevated task to auto-mount a VHD or VHDX file at startup for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Run Speech Recognition at Startup in Windows 10

When you set up Speech Recognition in Windows 10, it lets you control your PC with your voice alone, without needing a keyboard or mouse.

Using only your voice, you can open menus, click buttons and other objects on the screen, dictate text into documents, and write and send emails. Just about anything you do with your keyboard and mouse can be done with only your voice.

Speech Recognition is only available for the following languages: English (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia), French, German, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional), and Spanish.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to automatically run Speech Recognition at startup for your account in Windows 10.

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