PowerTip: Use PowerShell to show start apps

Here’s a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to to find Windows 8.1 Start apps using Windows PowerShell.

Question: You want to find a listing of your Windows 8.1 start apps. How can you do this with Windows PowerShell 4.0?

Answer: Use the Get-StartApps cmdlet. It appears here:

PS C:\> Get-StartApps

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.


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2 thoughts on “PowerTip: Use PowerShell to show start apps”

  1. I wonder if Get-StartApps differentiates between apps turned on / off from System -> Privacy -> Background Apps? It appears not.
    I turned off several Background Apps (Your Phone, Edge, etc), restarted my computer, re-ran Get-StartApps and the list of apps is exactly the same as the one I ran before turning the apps off in Background Apps!!
    Can you explain what I might be missing?

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