How to disable startup programs in Windows (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Do you use to Install software into your computer frequently? The time might come when your computer starts up slower than before due to heavy load on the startup. To fix this issue, you have to clean up your startup programs from Windows. Most of the programs install into the computer and added themselves into Windows startup list. When an application has in windows startup list, will be started automatically when the computer boots up. Time to time that list can go long and heavy, that’s why we have to clean it up.

We are advising you to disable the unnecessary programs from Windows startup in every three months to make your computer boot faster. Here we’re giving you the step-by-step instructions so that you can understand the process easily how to do (with Images). Follow the steps below.

disable a startup app

How to disable the startup programs from Windows

There are two methods to do this, see below.

  1. Method 1: Disable startup programs from system configuration (msconfig.)
  2. Method 2: Remove startup program’s shortcut from the startup folder.

Method 1: Disable the unnecessary startup program from the system configuration (msconfig)

Follow the following steps to disable the unused startup applications.

Windows 7, Vista, XP steps

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” key then + press the “R” key together. A run box will come up on the lower left side corner.
  2. Type “msconfig” command (without quotes) in the run box. Then click on OK. A system configuration window will come up.
  3. Click on the startup tab. All the startup programs are listed here. Tip: Ticked programs are the enable one and un-ticked are the disabled programs.
  4. Now, you can un-tick the unwanted programs under the startup tab which you want to stop opening up on startup. Then click on “OK.” It may be asking for reboot the computer after that. So we suggest you to please allow it to restart the computer to save all the settings that you have changed in the system configuration.

Windows 10, 8, 8.1 steps

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” key then + press the “R” key together. A run box will come up on the lower left corner.
  2. Type “msconfig” command (without quotes) in the run box “open:” filed. Then click on OK. A system configuration window will come up.
  3. Click on the startup tab. Click on “open task manager” link under the startup tab. You’ll be redirected to the task manager’s startup tab. All the startup programs are listed there. Ticked programs are enabled, and un-ticked are the disabled programs.
  4. Now, right-click the unwanted programs and click on disable which you want to stop programs from running at startup. After done, close the task manager and system configuration.

open task manager startup tab

Method 2: Remove start program shortcut from startup folder

Follow the following steps to remove the¬†startup application’s shortcut from the startup folder.

If you want to know where is the startup folder in Windows 10, Windows 7, so we have explained both locations here. Please see the below steps for more detail.

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP steps

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” key then + press the “R” key together. A run box will come up on the lower left side corner.
  2. Type “C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup” command (with quotes) in the run box. Then click on OK. A system configuration window will come up. Replace “<user name>” with your username. In my case, the username is “user” so the final location would be: “C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup” All the username will be listed under “C:\Users”
  3. Here, Right-click on the program’s shortcut which you want to delete and click on delete.
    open startup folder location
    remove file from startup folder

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This article may be helpful for you if you want to turn off startup programs. You may change startup programs with the same process. We have tested the steps in my personal computer and then share with you the explained step by step guide so that you can better understand how to block a program from accessing the program on computer startup.

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