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How to Disable Programs Run at Startup in Windows 10/8/7

If you notice that your Windows startup times slow down a lot, when you boot your computer, you can speed up boot process by disabling startup programs. This is a guide on how to do it.

How to Disable Startup Programs in Task Manager

When you boot your computer, many programs starting automatically, and continue to run app in the background, which usually can slow-down the boot time, and take up system resources.

Follow the steps below to disable Startup items for Windows 10/8 PC.

Step 1: Open Task Manager.

 Press the Windows key + X. Select Task Manager from the popup menu.


Step 2: If it opens in mini mode, click on More details button.


Step 3: Click the Startup tab, you can see what runs at startup.

To prevent a program from starting when Windows starts, click on that program and then click Disable button.


Step 4: When done, close Task Manager, restart your computer to make this change takes effect.

You can stop apps from running in the background on Windows 10 to speed up your Windows performance.

How to Disable Startup Items in MSConfig for Windows 7 PC

There is a tool installed with Windows, called MSConfig, which allows to see what's running at startup. This tool is available and can be used to disable startup programs in Windows 7.

Step 1: Run the MSConfig.

Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box , type in msconfig.exe, and click OK.


Step 2: Click the Startup tab on the System Configuration window, a list of all the startup programs displays.

To prevent a program from starting up with Windows, select to check in box. Then click Disable once you have made your choices.


Step 3: Then Restart your PC to make this change take effect.


Note: Startup items are the apps, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc... That are set to run or open automatically at startup when a user signs in to Windows.