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How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10

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Brian Burgess
Written by Brian Burgess

Windows 10 loads fast. But it’ll slow down with the more apps you install. Here’s how to disable startup programs in Windows 10 and speed things up again. Gallery.

aNewDomain — Windows 10 boots up noticeably faster than previous versions. But once you install a lot of programs, you’ll find that startup times slow down a lot. Even if you have an SSD. You can remedy this problem by disabling startup programs.

Here’s how to disable startup programs in Windows 10 and keep that fast load time.

You do this via Task Manager. Like Windows 8.1, Windows 10 provides additional information about what’s starting up and the impact each app has on the startup process.

How to disable startup programs in Windows 10

First, you need to find out what programs are running during Windows 10 startup. To do this, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.

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Or, if you want to use the new virtual assistant in Windows 10, Cortana, just say: “Hey, Cortana, launch task manager.”

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If this is the first time you’re running Task Manager in Windows 10, you’ll get a compact view of the apps and desktop programs that are currently running.

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To get a full look at Task Manager, select More details. Then select the Startup tab.

There you’ll see what is set to run when booting up your computer. You also will be able to see the impact each program has in the Startup impact column.

You’ll probably want to start with those rated as High Impact. Just right-click each program with the High Impact rating and select Disable.

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Notice that when you right-click a program, you’ll see other options: Open File Location, Search Online and Properties.

These options come in handy if you have a bunch of software installed on your PC, or if you aren’t exactly sure what that program is and don’t know whether you want to disable it. Typically we all install an app, use it once and after a year completely forget what the app is for.

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To improve you Windows PC’s performance, no matter what version you’re running, it always makes sense to disable startup programs.

On another note, I am often asked about which programs can be safely disabled.

The answer is all of them. Windows 10 will still boot up just fine. The only caveat, and it’s a small one, is you’ll need to manually launch the programs you really need to use.

Also, after installing new software moving forward, make sure to open the Startup tab in Task Manager and see if the installer set it to run during the boot up process, and disable it.

And that’s all there is to it.

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About the author

Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess

Based in rural Minnesota, Brian Burgess was one of the founding editors at aNewDomain and at BYTE.com. He is also the editor of GroovyPost. He specializes in gorgeous tech How To galleries, heavy metal, playing guitar, and watching Star Trek.

  • Minotaur

    I have an issue at the moment where a program I want to start (Sickbeard.exe) is in the startup list and enabled, but it still doesn’t run on startup. No idea what’s going on…

  • SaTaN

    Your “tips” which really aren’t tips at all and ARE just NORMAL features of Windows that anyone can easily find on their own do NOT work at stopping that annoying/intrusive Cortana, Edge, Internet Exploiter (and many of the other annoying/shitty/unwanted/unnecessary Windows 10 forced upon us cr-apps, Microshit purposely makes sure that NONE of those are found or seen or shown in ANY lists and constantly run hidden!, You can NOT find those proggies/apps in “Startup” nor “Services” nor “Uninstall programs and features” nor can anyone stop them!
    Try as you may, they all DO reload and restart instantly!
    Microshit IS purposely doing this so they CAN track EVERYTHING everyone does on the web,

    #1-they ARE watching EVERYTHING everyone does online (you better fkn believe they ARE!) and #2-will either send reports to the FBI/CIA as soon as you visit any non-conformist/non-asskissing/non-sissy websites that ARE on their blacklists (Such as white supremacist, or anti-Presidope O’bunga, or anti-USA, or kiddie porn, or bestiality sites, to name a few!) and/or #3 It also helps them track your web browsing habits so they can flood you with more irrelevant ads for more crap you don’t need nor want!
    Say you visit “Dicks Sporting Goods Stores” web site, you WILL get flooded with irrelevant ads for ridiculously overpriced NBA/NFL/MLB/NHL merchandise/shit/gambling sites!

    Face it, Microshit IS intrusive, snooping, spying, full of malware, adware, spyware and trackingware and flat out SUCKS!

    If Linux wasn’t so lame and such a pain in the ass to use, every free thinker with common sense left on the planet (not many of us left these days) would all switch and say fuk off to busted Windows!

    • Midranger

      Did you see the same black helicopters flying around this morning that I did? Ya know slick, in order to paint a fence ya gotta be smarter than the fence. If you’re too friggin dumb to protect yourself you get what you deserve!

    • You wear a tinfoil hat too? Do you think the toothpaste is evil..?

    • Creeda

      You forgot about Hartosa as well. They know where the existence is and will find it expeditiously. Don’t you agree?

  • faizan

    i dont find any disable button when tried to disable.

    • juan

      try click on the startup

  • In one of the biographies of Bill Gates there’s a wonderful moment when one of the electricians working on his house asks “How come you can’t just switch a computer on, the way you switch on a light?”

    Well, why can’t you?

    Sure, you’d have to have some semi-volatile memory or maybe an EPROM. OK. Why don’t we have them?

    Brian, are you on the case?

  • Peter McNulty

    I have Family Tree Maker (FTM) installed and Startup disabled but FTM still insists on loading at every boot/reboot.