While Microsoft is preparing to release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 devices worldwide next week, work on the coming version of Windows 10 began some time ago already.
The new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17017 comes with some new features already that will likely make it in the first feature update of Windows 10 in 2018 (like version 1803 as Microsoft plans to release feature updates in March and September of each year for the operating system).
Most of the new features of the build are Cortana related, the digital assistant that Microsoft improves with each version of the operating system. One of the features, Cortana Collections, is limited to EN-US users currently. It gives you options to make lists of things you like, for instance movies to watch, recipes to keep, or items to shop for.
Microsoft continues its efforts to move all preferences and options to the Settings application. The migration took an awful long time already, considering that Windows 10 users had to live with two main configuration hubs (Control Panel and Settings) for Windows 10 since the official release.
The option to manage startup applications is a recent addition to Windows 10's Settings application. You may remember that Microsoft moved the option to manage startup programs from msconfig to the Task Manager when it released Windows 8, and kept it that way in Windows 10.
The new Startup option under Settings replicates the functionality. This means that you get the same list of startup programs taken from the same autostart locations as you do in the Task Manager.
The option to control startup programs in the Task Manager is still there, but it is not clear if that will remain an option.
You can access the new management option in the Settings application under Apps > Startup. Each autostart program or application is listed there. Next to it is a toggle to enable or disable it, and there is an indication of the impact that it has on the system's startup as well.
The listing offers little information on each application. While you get a name and company, you don't get path information which means that you can never be sure if an entry is legitimate or not.
A program like Autoruns offers more -- way more -- information and it is recommended that you use it instead.
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