Change or disable startup programs in Windows

Windows is great for its huge selection of programs, but app compatibility can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Many programs abuse the startup privileges to start automatically when Windows starts up, even when it’s not necessary. Over time, multiple programs can slow down your PC significantly. Here’s how to change or disable startup programs in Windows.

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To change or disable startup programs in Windows, open Windows Settingsapps To start and switch programs on or Out† You can also press Ctrl Shift esc launch task managementClick More detailand click on the To start tab. Right click on an app and click Switch or Turn of.


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Change or disable startup programs in settings

You can enable and disable startup programs with the Windows Settings app. Open it by searching for Settings in Windows Search.

Settings app for Windows 10

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Click apps and then To start from the left navigation tab.

Windows settings launch apps

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below Startup appsswitch programs on or Out by clicking the switch next to each program.

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Change or disable startup programs in Task Manager

You can also use Windows Task Manager to change and disable startup programs in Windows. Open Task Manager by pressing CtrlShiftand esc keys at the same time. Click on the More detail button to the bottom left.

Windows Task Manager

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Click on the To start tab facing up. The tab lists all apps that can be run at startup.

Windows Task Manager startup apps

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To change the setting for a particular app, right-click it and click Turn of or Switch

Windows Task Manager disable startup enable

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Preventing unnecessary programs from running at startup is one way to reduce Windows 10 crashes at startup. If the problem persists then you may need to try uninstalling some apps or resetting your PC.