How to Stop Apps from Opening on Startup in Windows 10

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There is no doubt that, startup apps are the major reason to slow down your pc boot-up. In Windows 7, we need to edit System Configuration Utility to stop programs from running at startup. Then, in Windows 8, it can be changed through Task Manager. As time goes on, Microsoft made it easier for us. Thanks to Windows 10 for adding startup programs delay and faster boot up.

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Recently, Windows 10 added an option to manage startup apps from the settings. Its more comfortable than ever and also shows which apps might cause problems. If you are in Windows 10 insider preview build 17017 or above, you just find this menu is settings App.

How Do I Manage Startup Programs?

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Startup. In this window, you can see the list of apps that load when you turn on or log in to your PC. Also, those programs which minimized in the system tray or run in the background.

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  • You can disable/enable them. (Currently, only Universal Windows Platforms (UWP) apps allowing to change.)
  • Before you tap ON or OFF button, you can see different types of hits below of each app. It will help you to understand the apps priority, for instance, No impact, Low impact, Medium impact, High impact, Not measured, and so on. Thanks to Microsoft for explaining these, you can read more about startup here

High impact – Apps that use more than 1 second of CPU time or more than 3 MB of disk I/O at startup

Medium impact – Apps that use 300 ms – 1000 ms of CPU time or 300 KB – 3 MB of disk I/O

Low impact – Apps that use less than 300 ms of CPU time and less than 300 KB of disk I/O


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We would like to suggest you enable “No impact” apps unless your PC boot time gets longer than usual. They don’t have any serious effect on boot-up. As Windows 10 has startup delay approximately (5-10) sec, so you should not worry about them.

Alternative Method To Disable Startup Programs

If you are in the older version of Windows 10, you can also stop startup apps using Task Manager. Here’s how do you do it….

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  • Right-click on the Start Menu or Taskbar, and select Task Manager.
  • Now choose startup and select which app you like to disable/enable at boot up.
  • You can right-click on the status of each app to set enable/disable option or merely click on apps and press the disable/enable button at the right-corner bottom (see the screenshot for help).
  • That’s it.

Now you can efficiently manage your startup apps. So, do you think its helpful to you? What kind of features would you like to see in Windows 10 next updates?