How to disable startup programs in Windows 10

There are many programs that load automatically at system startup. Some are necessary, but many are just a burden that  delays Windows startup. That is why this time we will see how you can disable startup programs in Windows 10.

Just because you like a program doesn’t mean you want it to start automatically or run all the time. Unlike antivirus, which must be active all the time, the PDF reader, web browser, etc., you do not need them to start at Windows startup. This is why sometimes you will need to check and remove startup programs in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

Disable startup programs in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 8, the way to manage startup programs changed, so in this guide we will see two separate instructions. The procedure is very similar in Windows 10 and Windows 8 / 8.1.

To disable startup programs in Windows 10 you must go to the startup manager, which is very easy to access in Windows 10:

# 1. You can enter through the Task Manager, which you can open with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del and choose it in the options, or right-click on the taskbar and choose the Task Manager option .

# 2. When it opens, you must click on More details to show you the full window with more tabs.

# 3. Now that the Task Manager is complete, select the Startup tab .

# 4. Here to remove a startup program, right click on it and select the Disable option .

In Windows 8 / 8.1:

# 1. Under the desktop environment, right click on the taskbar and select Task manager.

# 2. When it opens, click on the Home tab .

This table does not give all the information as the old msconfig, but it is easier to read. And if you know where to look, the information is there.

One particularly useful column is the last one: Startup Impact. This tells you how much the program affects the boot time of the operating system. This can help you decide which programs to remove from startup.

# 3. To disable a startup program, right-click on it and select the Disable option  .

Other options

You can take a look at the other options in the context menu. The Open file location option shows where the program is located on your hard drive. This can be helpful in understanding what it is all about and how it got there.

If you have questions about a program on the list, select Search online to see what you find on the internet about that program.

A downside to this aspect of Windows 10 and 8 / 8.1 is that the startup tool lacks information about when a startup program was disabled.

If you are going to remove startup programs, you should take note of the ones you are disabling. So if something goes wrong you can fix it by reactivating the startup programs that are causing problems.

Remove startup programs in Windows 7

# 1. Click Start, type msconfig and hit the Enter key to go to the System Configuration screen .

# 2. Now click on the Windows Start tab to get the list of startup programs.

# 3. Then you can uncheck the programs that you don’t need to start with Windows 7.

First of all, you need to find out what each startup program does. Usually the name of the program makes it obvious, but sometimes the names are not clear.

If the name is not very useful, you can usually get an idea in the rest of the columns, such as the manufacturer and the command column. This data could give you an idea of ??who published the software, and where the file is on the hard drive.

If you still have no idea what the program does, you can use the internet search engine to find more information about it.

You could also experiment with unchecking items to see if they make things better or worse. The Disabled Date column gives you information about the items you have recently disabled.

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