Get more details about Startup in Windows Task Manager

Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a new Task Manager app. It looks completely different compared to Windows 7's Task Manager and has different features. A new feature of the Task Manager app is the ability to manage Startup apps. Today, we'll see how to customize the Startup tab and make it show more useful information.


Windows 10's Task Manager has some nice features, like a performance graph and startup impact calculation. It is able to control which apps launch during startup. There is a special tab "Startup" which is designed to manage startup apps.

Task Manager Default Columns

Tip: You can save your time by creating a special shortcut to open the Task Manager directly on the Startup tab.

Using the Startup tab of Task Manager, you can easily prevent an app from starting with your OS. It is very easy - just right click the desired app and pick "Disable" from the context menu.To re-enable the disabled app, you just need to right click it again and choose the "Enable" command from the context menu.

Besides Startup Impact calculation, it is possible to make the Startup tab show a lot of other interesting information.
Right-click on any column in the list of the app entries on the Startup tab. The following context menu will appear:Column Context Menu Task Manager

There, you can see the full list of columns available for the Startup tab. It includes:

  • Publisher
  • Status
  • Startup impact
  • Startup type
  • Disk I/O at startup
  • CPU at startup
  • Running now
  • Disabled time
  • Command line

By default, only the following columns are visible:

  • Publisher
  • Status
  • Startup impact
  • Startup type

Other columns, when enabled, can provide you plenty of useful information.

For example, you can enable the Command line column to see the exact command line for an app's entry.Command Line Column Task Manager

The Disabled time column shows when exactly an entry was disabled from starting with Windows.Disable Time Column Task Manager

If you enable the "Disk I/O at startup" and "CPU at startup" columns you can see how the Task manager uses these values to calculate the appropriate value for the "Startup impact" column.Startup Impact Details

5 thoughts on “Get more details about Startup in Windows Task Manager

  1. Shyam

    Thanks Sergey! Didn’t know this.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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  2. Mykou

    Hi Sergei

    Since months , I noticed I can’t see in column ” startup impact ” any details ( just N/A)
    Do you have any idea how to fix that ?
    I remember having it working nice before . Running win 10 x64 build 14393.726 current branch .
    Could the issue comes from any service I may have disabled ? ( because I did disabled some of them )

    Thanks for help

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      1. Mykou

        Thanks for help Sergey

        I could enable again DPS service which was not running but I have some difficulties to identify services related to Windows Diagnostics Infrastructure as my system language is not US ( french )
        I miss some because I still have N/A notification in startup impact column

        I guess I have to investigate more .

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