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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.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes a Metro style Remote Desktop app that is almost Zen-like in its simplicity. And if you enter Remote in the built-in Apps search, that's the only program that will turn up.
Ah, but the "classic" Remote Desktop app, with its many useful options, is still there. Srarch for Mstsc (short for Microsoft Terminal Services Console) to find it. When you do, you can run it directly, but make sure you pin it to the Start screen or the taskbar, or both, so you can find it easily again.
The Windows 8 Device Manager looks a lot like its counterpart from earlier versions. On the Driver, tab, you can still see the exact version number of the currently installed driver, which is often useful troubleshooting information.
But this version has a new Events tab, which offers a historical view of what you and Windows have done with that device over time. Previously, you would have needed a Windows black belt to find these details in the Event Viewer. Now, you can just click to see when each driver update occurred.
In this example, I can see that Windows installed the original driver for this device on March 20 at 4:47 PM, and I manually updated the driver less than 10 minutes later. The View All Events button takes you to Event Viewer, where a custom view shows all relevant events. No ninja skills required.