Tip of the Day: Startup Items…again

Today’s Tip…

Earlier we had a tip that talked about the new location of the startup items. I got a number of emails internally that asked about the ‘Startup Impact’ field and how that works.


Those values have to do with how much time is added to the startup sequence by that item.

  • High impact – Apps that use more than 1 second of CPU time or more than 3 MB of disk I/O at startup
  • Medium impact – Apps that use 300 ms - 1000 ms of CPU time or 300 KB - 3 MB of disk I/O
  • Low impact – Apps that use less than 300 ms of CPU time and less than 300 KB of disk I/O

The ones that are marked as ‘not measured’ are new start up items from things I’ve installed since the last reboot. Windows won’t classify them until my next reboot.

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