When you turn on your PC, some programs start automatically and run in the background. You can disable these programs so they don’t run when your PC starts.
Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows does. Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background—you don’t realize they're running, but they'll open quickly when you go to use them. This is helpful for programs you use a lot, but not for programs you don’t use often because it increases the time it takes Windows to start.
Find the programs that start automatically
Sometimes you can determine which programs start automatically by looking at the program icons in the notification area on the far right of the taskbar. Check there first to see if there are any programs running that you don’t want to start automatically. To try to find out the name of the program, point to the icon with your mouse pointer. Make sure you select Show hidden icons , so you don’t miss any programs.
Even after you check the notification area, you might still miss some programs that run automatically at startup. Here’s how you can find all the programs that start automatically, and stop the ones that you don’t want to start automatically when Windows starts.
How to stop a program from starting automatically
- To use this procedure to stop a program from starting automatically, you need to have Windows 10 (Version 1803) installed. To see which version of Windows 10 your device is currently running, select the Start button, then select Settings > System > About.
If you have Windows 10 (Version 1709 or earlier) installed, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, select Task Manager, select Startup, select the program you want to stop from starting automatically, and then select Disable.
- Select the Start button, and then select Settings > Apps > Startup .
- Under Startup Apps, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.