MsConfig in Windows 8: How to Access it

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Using the good ol’ msconfig in Windows 8 is very, very simple; read our basic advice to learn how easy it is to access this useful function
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MsConfig is one of the most used commands for Windows. It allows users to modify settings regarding Windows boot and what programs launch at startup. By controlling these startup programs, users will be able to improve the startup time of their devices.

For those who want to use MsConfig in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to customize the different options of their devices, MsConfig is very easily accessible. But do keep in mind that starting with Windows 8, MsConfig will not manage startup programs, as these will be modified via Task Manager.

Even so, the MsConfig utility still retains many of the features that it had, such as selecting OS boot order and many others. Users will still find it very useful even though it doesn’t manage startup programs any more.

Opening MsConfig in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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Just like you did in previous versions on Windows, opening  MsConfig can be done with the “Run” command. Use the keyboard shortcut “Windows Key + R” and the “Run” window will open. In the text box, write “msconfig” and press Enter or OK and the MsConfig window will open.

Also, in Windows 8, you can open the Run window from the shortcuts menu in the bottom left corner. In Windows 8.1, by right clicking on the Start button, you will see the same options menu, along with some additions. Additionally, you can use the Search charm to search for “msconfig” and it will find the command.

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As you can see, accessing MsConfig in both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is very simple. You have more than one way to open it, so you can choose which works best for you.

  • laurs

    can someone tell me what to do when I get a message that says.. System Thread Exception. Sys PTUMLMBUM thanks..