Windows 10 is the latest in the series of operating systems created by Microsoft. It is the descendant of Windows 8.1, released on July 29, 2015.

Why should we disable start-up apps?

One of the most annoying features of Windows is that apps can start up when you turn on your computer. Whether you want them to or not. Softwares such as Adobe, iTunes, iCloud, and Spotify are set up to load themselves the instant you log in.

Why is it problematic? Start-up applications use up storage and data, hindering your computer’s performance. The more apps that launch at start-up, the greater your computer is affected. There are some types of applications that you do want to start, such as antivirus and webcam. Nonetheless, many apps force their way into your start-up routine for little or even no reason.

No need to worry though, you can always fight back. Windows has long presented a way for you to disable your startup apps. In earlier versions of Windows, you would open the System Configuration tool. Where you could see and deselect any applications you wanted to stop loading. But, that option is no longer offered in Windows 10. Instead, you can disable your start-up applications in a couple of other ways.

Disable Startup Apps in Windows Settings


In Windows 10, open Settings, then select Apps, here you’ll click on Startup. Here, you can see a list of all the apps that can start-up themselves. The button shows a status of on or off to tell you whether that app is in your start-up routine.

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Underneath the switch is a sign of impact. An application can be tagged with one of four different impact indicators. Those being no impact, low impact, medium impact, and high impact. These signs measure the impact a start-up program has on your computer’s CPU and disk drive at start-up. The higher the impact sign, the longer an app takes to load, thus increasing the time it takes for Windows to start.

Disable Startup Apps in Task Manager


An alternative way to disable the apps running at the start-up is to use the Task Manager.  Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to open the Task Manager by selecting its option. Also, you can right-click on the taskbar to open Task Manager. In the Task Manager, select More details and then click on the Start-up tab.  Disable the apps that you don’t want to run in your start-up routine.

Disable Startup Apps Using Startup Folder


You can also disable the shortcut of the applications from the startup folder. Select the Windows search at the bottom left corner and type Run. Or press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R on your keyboard to Run. Type shell:startup and press Enter. This will open the Startup folder where you will see the shortcuts to the applications that start. Remove the app shortcuts that you don’t want to run in your start-up routine. Or you can also control the impact.

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