In this video, you will learn two methods to disable programs on startup in Windows 10. The first method involves using the Windows 10 settings for apps, where you can enable and disable apps on startup. The second method involves using the Task Manager, where you can see a list of items and disable them by right-clicking on them. Additionally, the speaker provides bonus tips on how to prevent your account information from carrying over to apps and programs and how to uninstall unwanted programs.
- You can disable programs on startup using the Windows 10 settings for apps or the Task Manager.
- Check the estimated impact of each program when disabling them to ensure that you don’t disable essential programs.
- Uninstall unwanted programs to free up disk space and prevent them from starting up automatically.
Method 1: Using Windows 10 Settings for Apps
To disable programs on startup using the Windows 10 settings for apps, follow these steps:
Enabling and Disabling Apps on Startup
- Open the search menu and type “startup”
- Click on “startup apps” to open the menu
- Scroll down the list to see which apps are enabled and which are disabled
- Turn off the items you don’t need and leave the ones you do
The menu tells you the estimated impact that each app will cause when you boot up your computer. Some apps have no impact, while others have medium or high impact. The biggest culprits on this list are usually game launchers and software service launchers that always run in the background and want to open when you load Windows for the first time. Turn those off if you don’t use them all the time.
Identifying and Turning Off Unnecessary Apps
- Open the search menu and type “task manager”
- Click on “task manager” to open the menu
- Click on the “startup” tab at the top of the menu
- Sort the list by status to see which apps are enabled first
- Look at the startup impact on the right
- Right-click on any app you want to disable and click “disable”
This process is similar to the first method, but a little different. Go through the list one by one and check them the same way you would using the other method.
By following these steps, you can easily disable programs on startup and ensure that you don’t have any apps or programs automatically loading in Windows 10. This will help speed up your computer’s boot time and improve its overall performance.
Method 2: Using Task Manager
If you’re familiar with the Task Manager, this method is just as easy as the previous one. Here’s how to disable programs on startup using Task Manager:
Opening Task Manager
The first step is to open the Task Manager. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then clicking on Task Manager. Once it’s open, you might see a screen like this:
If this is what you see, go ahead and click “More details” to open up the bigger picture.
Navigating to the Startup Tab
From here, go to the top tabs and you’ll see one called “Startup”. Click on that tab, and you’ll see a list of items very similar to the startup list that we saw before. What I like to do is sort this list by status so that you can immediately see which ones are enabled first at the top, and you can also look at the startup impact there on the right.
Disabling Unnecessary Apps
Just like in the previous method, you can disable any of these items by right-clicking on them and then clicking on the “Disable” button. Once you disable it, it’ll move to the bottom of the list if you have it sorted by status. Just go through one by one and check them the same way that you would using the other method.
That’s it! Now you know how to disable programs on startup using Task Manager. Remember, the biggest culprits on this list are usually game launchers and software service launchers that always want to run in the background and open up when you load Windows for the first time. So turn those off if you don’t use them all the time.
Bonus Tip 1: Preventing Account Information from Carrying Over to Apps
If you’re concerned about your Microsoft account information carrying over to your apps or web browsers when you log in to your computer, there’s a way to prevent this from happening. Here’s how:
- Open the Start menu and type “sign in options”.
- Click on the top link that says “Sign-in options” under settings.
- Scroll down and find the option that says “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart”.
- If you want to prevent your account information from carrying over to your apps and web browsers, select “Off”.
Bonus Tip 2: Uninstalling Programs
When you’re auditing your startup programs, it’s a good idea to also take a look at the programs installed on your computer and uninstall any that you no longer use. This will not only free up disk space but also prevent those programs from starting up automatically with Windows 10. Here’s how:
- Click on the search bar and type “add or remove programs”.
- Click on the top option and you’ll see the settings menu open to “Apps and Features”.
- Sort the list by size or install date to find the oldest or largest programs first.
- To remove a program, click on it once with the left click and then click “Uninstall”.
- Wait for the process to finish and the program will be removed from your computer.
By following these bonus tips, you can further optimize your Windows 10 startup and keep your computer running smoothly.