Windows programs can be set to run automatically when the computer starts up. When it comes to self-registered apps, they usually appear a few seconds after you log in. Installed programs, on the other hand, may register as startup apps – this is especially common with antivirus software and device hardware utilities.
It’s simple to keep track of how many startup programs you have running. You can disable any that you don’t want to load automatically after you turn on your computer, which may improve system performance.
How to stop programs running at startup in Windows 10
Start by going to Task Manager (the quickest way is to use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut). To switch to the advanced screen, press the “More details” button at the bottom of the window if Task Manager opens in the simplified view.
Click the “Start-up” tab at the top of the Task Manager window. You’ll find a list of all the startup programs that have been registered on your system here. After you log in to your PC, each app with a “Enabled” status will start automatically.
Each app’s name and publisher, as well as an estimated “Start-up impact,” are displayed. When you start your PC, this provides a plain-language estimate of the app’s performance penalty. You may want to disable any apps that have a “High” startup impact.
It’s as simple as clicking an app’s name in the list and then pressing the “Disable” button at the bottom of the Task Manager window to disable it. You can re-enable it in the future by returning to this screen, clicking its name, and pressing “Enable.”
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Finally, it’s worth noting that Task Manager can show you a lot more information about your startup programs. To see a list of more fields you can add to the window, right-click the column headings at the top of the Start-up pane. These include the amount of CPU time used by the program at startup (“CPU at startup”) and how it was registered as a start-up program (“Start-up type”).