Tips & Tricks
While you can still set up desktop apps to load when Windows 8 starts, they don’t have the priority they once did. Quite the opposite, in fact – Windows 8 delays their launch to ensure everything else starts more quickly. This can make the system more responsive as your system boots, but if you’re switching straight to the desktop then it may slow you down, so it may be worth turning off the delay, just to see if you can spot any improvement.
Launch REGEDIT and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize.
Create the Serialize key if it doesn’t exist, and select it in the left-hand pane.
Right-click in the right-hand pane, create a new DWORD value called StartupDelayInMSec, and leave it set at zero (or, if a value is already there, set it to zero).
Restart and the desktop apps will now launch more quickly. Try three or four test boots to see if there’s any improvement, and if not, delete the StartupDelayInMSec value to restore the default settings.