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If you've used Windows for any length of time, you've probably gotten used to the frustration of finding programs that automatically add themselves to your Startup folder, slowing down the boot process and sucking system resources.
The new Windows 8 Task Manager has a Startup tab that consolidates most auto-start programs into a single, easy-to-find place. You can disable any item by selecting it from the list and clicking the Disable button at the bottom of the dialog box.
Not sure what a startup item is? Right-click its entry in this list and use one of the options on the shortcut menu to find it in Windows Explorer or look it up using your default search engine.