How to stop Windows 10 apps from automatically launching at startup

Windows apps

Many of you have downloaded lots of apps from Microsoft store on your mobile or Windows desktop and when your windows starts these apps also automatically launch.

If you have lots of apps starting automatically  then might beyour Windows 10 takes too long to start. It is not your fault as apps you install on Windows 10 can sometime configure themselves to run automatically on start up and then can also configure background services that start every time you boot your computer specially Apps like OneNote, Evernote, Slack and Skype.

While they can come in handy, over time, the list of apps and services running on startup can grow, which can slow your boot time, affect battery life, and impact overall system performance.

So here is how to stop Windows 10 apps from automatically launching at start ups. Usually, applications include the necessary settings to block them from starting alongside Windows 10, but it’s a lot easier to use Task Manager to do so. So follow easy to do steps:

Go to Task Manager and open it on your PC. There are a number of ways to launch the Task Manager, but you can simply right-click field. the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click the Start button and select Task Manager, or it’s also possible to use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut. Or just start typing it in your taskbar search

If Task Manager launches in compact mode, click the More details button in the bottom-right corner to get to the advanced options, and then click the Startup tab.

On the Start up tab, you’ll find a list of the applications and services configured to start alongside Windows 10 with their names, publisher, status, and performance impact.

The two most important pieces of information in this tab are the Status column, which tells you which items are currently enabled, and the Startup impact column that displays the performance impact of an app or service during startup.
Windows apps

Next identifying problematic applications and click the status column to sort your listed apps. into Enabled and Disabled to make the list more manageable.

To help you determine which apps you should disable, Task Manager displays an impact measurement for each app. Windows 10 determines each value of the app as high, medium and low. The app that utilizes more than 1,000ms of processor time, or it uses more than 3MB of disk comes under high range. The app uses 300ms to 1,000ms of processor time, or 300KB to 3MB of disk is medium and the app that uses less than 300ms of processor time and less than 300KB of disk comes under low value.

The app which do not show any value seems as not measured  and this usually means that the app was recently installed and Windows 10 hasn’t calculated its impact. It could also happen that when an app has been uninstalled, but the entry still shows up in Task Manager.

While you can control anything listed in the Start up tab, it’s also important to understand what you’re trying to disable, because sometimes you could block an app or service that is required to run the OS or application correctly.

You can find out more information about an app by right-clicking the item and clicking Search online. This will perform an online search in your web browser with the name of the app and exact file name.  As an example to know more about “Microsoft OneDrive,” the online search query would include “OneDrive.exe Microsoft OneDrive.”

Device manager

Once you understand the application and decide you want to stop it from launching at start up, simply right-click it, and select Disable to prevent from starting automatically. Also you can select the item, and click the Disable button in the bottom-right corner as shown in the above screen.

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After completing the steps, depending on the items you disabled, you should notice an improvement in the overall performance of Windows 10. But  you must restart your computer for the changes to take effect, because these steps won’t close an application that is currently running.

It should be noted that you can only control traditional desktop (win32) apps on startup. On Windows 10, apps you download from the Windows Store excluding converted apps are not allowed to run automatically on start up. You can use the same instructions to manage applications on Windows 8 device too.