How to Stop Apps from Running Automatically in Windows 10?

To stop the apps from running automatically as soon as your Windows 10 load, you need to disable them manually. The task manager is responsible for disabling such applications. All you will require is to visit the appropriate app available in the system. Now you can this either by using shortcut keys or through the settings panel. I will explain both procedures.

But first, let’s discuss why you need to disable startup apps.

Why You Need to Disable Startup Apps in Windows 10

There are several reasons why one should disable startup apps. However, please keep in mind that not all apps should be disabled. For instance, there is no point in disabling the antivirus software. Likewise, if you use apps like OneDrive, you might need to leave them on. Now, let’s look at why certain apps should be disabled.

·       Slow Running System

The first and foremost reason for disabling apps is a slow running computer. You might think that the system is slow to turn on because of a virus or low RAM. But that’s not the case every time. In most situations, a system takes time to turn on because there are too many startup apps running. Hence, a system is slow to respond.

·       Overheating

Running too many apps can cause your system to overheat. To avoid such problems, the best thing to do is to disable apps. This will keep the system from overheating.

·       Bandwidth

Certain apps automatically connect to the internet as soon as they start. You might not know about it. If you are on a limited internet package, these apps can quickly go through your monthly limit. Even if the internet connection is unlimited, these apps can slow down the speed. It can easily affect your productivity.

Which Apps Need to be Disabled?

Apps which have a medium to high startup impact should be disabled right away, especially if you are not using them. Other than them, you should disable apps that you do not use regularly. It will surely help you save bandwidth and improve loading time.

How to Disable Startup Apps?

Method # 1

Using shortcut keys always comes handy.

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc together.

This will launch the Task Manager

Task Manager in Windows 10

Step 2: Click on ‘Startup’ in the top menu


Once you click on ‘Startup’, you will get a list of apps as shown in the image below. This is a list of apps that are allowed to turn on automatically.

Startup Menu in Windows 10

Step 3: Click on the app that you want to disable. Then tap on disable in the lower right corner of the Task Manager Window. In this tutorial, I will be disabling my Opera Browser.

Disable Opera Browser in Windows 10

Once you click on ‘Disable’, the app will no longer start automatically in Windows 10 during startup. If you wish to re-enable it, just tap on ‘Enable’ as shown below.

Enable Startup Apps in Windows 10

Method # 2

If you are using the latest version of Windows 10, then it provides a startup app system setting. It is the easiest way to disable startup apps. All you need to do is search “Startup apps” in the searching panel. Click on the app and turn the switch off in case you do not want to run the app at startup.

Step 1: Click on the Start Menu in the lower right corner of the screen.

Start Menu Button

A menu will appear as shown below.

Step 2: Search for ‘Startup’.

Step 3: Click on ‘Startup’ Setting.

Startup Apps in Windows 10

You will get the below window. Now, you can disable or enable any app.

Method # 3

If you do not see the ‘Startup Apps’ setting in your menu, then it is better to open the task manager app. For that, just search for ‘Task Manager’ instead of ‘Startup’. Once the task manager is open, follow the steps listed in Method # 1.

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