Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows starts. Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background, so you don’t see them running, but so they’ll open quickly when you go to use them. This is helpful for programs you use a lot, but not for programs you don’t use often because it slows down the time it takes Windows to start.
When you turn on your PC, some programs start automatically and run in the background. You can disable these programs, so they don’t run when your PC starts.
Find the programs that start automatically
Sometimes you can determine which programs start automatically by looking at the program icons in the notification area that’s on the far right of the taskbar. Check there first to see if there are any programs running that you don’t want to start automatically. 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.
Notification area with mouse pointing to show hidden icons
Even after you check the notification area, you might still miss some programs that run automatically at startup. 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
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then select Task Manager.
- In Task Manager, select More detailsin the lower-left corner, then select the Startup
- To stop a program from starting automatically, select the program, then select Disable.
If you have questions about a specific app or program, see the program’s support page for more info.
Restart your PC. Do what you were doing before to see if you’re still seeing the same performance problems.
If you disable a program and it continues to start automatically when Windows starts, you should scan and check for viruses and malware.
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