In case your Windows 10 Computer is taking a while to start, it is more than likely that a number of unnecessary Apps are opening during the startup process and slowing down your Computer. In this article, we will be showing you the steps to Stop Programs from opening at startup in Windows 10.
Startup Apps & Programs in Windows 10
You may recall that when you first bought your Windows 10 PC it started up pretty fast and way faster than it currently does.
However, things start slowing down as you start using your PC and start installing programs on it. Many of these programs add themselves to the Startup Programs list on your Windows 10 computer, eventually slowing down your Computer.
In most cases, the programs add either helper or auto-update items to the list of Startup programs. In some cases, you may come across unauthorized Apps & programs or random programs opening up at startup and running in the background, substantially slowing down your computer.
Luckily Windows 10 makes it very easy to disable startup programs and regain speed on your computer.
Why Do Programs Automatically Start in Windows 10
Listed below are some of the reasons for the default tendency in Programs and Apps to start automatically during the startup process.
To Open or Run Faster: Some programs add themselves to the list of startup programs, so that the program runs faster when you want to use them. These programs most commonly have helper included in their name. While this is helpful for programs that you use often like Google Chrome, it is not so useful for applications that you rarely use.
To Run in the Background: Some programs like Antivirus programs or Cloud Storage programs need to run in the background in order to offer you their service, which is why these programs open automatically at startup.
To Update Data: Some programs like Skype open at startup, so that they can connect to the internet and update data like messages or missed calls as soon as your computer starts up.
Stop Apps from Opening at Startup in Windows 10
1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button from the bottom left corner of your screen and then click on Task Manager option in the Menu that appears (See image below)
2. In the Task Manager window, click on the Startup Tab (See image below)
If you cannot see the Startup Tab in Task Manager, then it means that Task Manager has opened up in Compact Mode. To change from Compact Mode to standard mode, simply click on More Details option. (See image below)
3. On the Startup page you will see a list of applications that are opening at startup, along with a column called Startup Impact
The Startup Impact column will display either Low, Medium or High, low meaning the program does not have much effect on startup time, medium meaning the program somewhat effects the startup time and high meaning the program is slowing down startup.
4. To disable a startup program simply right-click on the Program and then click on Disable from the menu that pops-up (See image below)
Note: You can also select a startup program’s Name and then click on the Disable button located at the bottom right corner of the Task Manager Window. (See image above)
Disable Button is Greyed Out for Most Apps
Some of you may come across a situation where the Disable Button is Greyed Out, preventing you from stopping many apps from opening at startup.
The simple reason for the Greyed Out disable button is due to the fact that you are signed into an account without administrative privileges. Hence, Windows 10 software is preventing you from making any changes by showing you a Greyed Out Disable Button.
The simple solution to this problem is to sign-in to your Computer using your Admin Account and Password.