Windows 10 Settings gets startup management options and an improved Cortana

By: George Finley
2 minute read
Windows 10 startup settings

The new Windows 10 build 17017 already came with a few new features that will probably make it the first feature update of Windows 10 in 2018, most of which are related to Cortana.

Cortana Collections

One of the new features is called Cortana Collections, a feature limited to EN-US users for now. It provides you the option to make lists with the things you like most. For instance, you can make lists of movies to watch, recipes to keep, items to buy and so on.

Moving all preferences and options to the Settings app

This migration took quite a long time. The opportunity to manage startup apps is a recent addition to Windows 10’s Setting app. You probably remember that Microsoft moved the option to control startup programs from msconfig to the Task Manager when it released Windows 8. Things remained the same in Windows 10, as well.

The brand new Startup option from settings replicates this. In other words, you will get the same list of startup programs from the same autostart locations as you did in the Task Manager.

While you will still have the ability to control startup programs in the Task Manager, it’s not very clear if this option will remain available.

The new management option from Settings can be accessed if you head to Apps – Startup. You will see that every autostart program or app is listed here. Next to it, you will also see a toggle to enable or disable it, and there will also be an indication of the impact doing this has on the system’s startup.

On the other hand, the listing provides a poor quantity of information on each app or program. You will see a name and a company, but you will not see path information. In other words, you will never be 100% sure if the entry is legit or not.

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