How to Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs in Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to disable unnecessary programs that automatically startup when Windows starts.

If you’re experiencing some performance issues with your Windows 10 computers, you should find ways to disable these programs, so they don’t run when your PC starts.

Some important programs are designed to start automatically when Windows does. 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.

So, go through the list of programs that start automatically and disable the ones that are not important or don’t use often.

To find programs that start automatically, follow the steps below:

List auto start programs

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.

This will list some of the programs that automatically start up when Windows starts. Not all programs that automatically start will be listed here.

Disable auto startup programs

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.

To stop a program from starting automatically

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Startup .
  2. In the Startup Apps area, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.

If you have older version of Windows 10, you should press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, select Task Manager, select Startup.

Then select the program you want to stop from starting automatically, then select Disable.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to disable programs that automatically startup when Windows starts that are unnecessary. Doing this can free up system resources and help speed up your machine.

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