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4 Ways to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10/8/7

Do you know that there are some programs running automatically while your Windows starting up? We call these programs startup programs. Having a lot of startup programs may significantly slow down your computer’s boot and running speed. But don’t worry. You can easily stop unnecessary programs from running at Windows startup. Now, in this article, we will show you four easy ways to disable startup programs in Windows 10/8/7.


Way 1: Disable startup programs in Windows 10/8 through Task Manager

Step 1: Right click any blank area on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu to open the Task Manager app.

Step 2: Select the Startup tab on the Task Manager. A list of all startup programs on your computer displays here. Select the startup program you don’t need, and then click the Disable button in the lower right corner to disable it.

click Disable

Tips: Under the Startup tab, you can also see how much each startup program affects your Windows startup: None, Low, Medium or High. Disabling programs that have a high impact on your Windows startup will obviously make your Windows 10 boot faster. Of course, you can disable all the programs if you want.

Way 2: Disable startup programs in Windows 10 by Settings

Step 1: Open Settings and then choose Apps.

choose Apps in Settings

Step 2: Select Startup on the left side, and you can see all startup apps on the right side. Disable the unwanted startup apps by switching the toggle button to the Off position.

Tips: If you don’t see the Startup option here, it’s related to your version of Windows 10. You may be using an older version of Windows 10.

switch to Off

Way 3: Disable startup programs in Windows 7 with System Configuration

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box, type msconfig.exe and press Enter. This will open System Configuration.

open System Configuration

Step 2: In the System Configuration window, select the Startup tab. All startup programs are listed here. The checked item indicates that it is allowed to run while starting Windows, and the unchecked item indicates that it has been stopped from running at Windows startup. To disable the unwanted startup program, just uncheck it and click OK. If you want to disable all startup programs in one go, just click the 'Disable all' button.

disable all

Step 3: You will be prompted to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Click on Restart.

restart computer

Way 4: Disable start programs in Windows 10/8/7 using System Refixer

You can also use a third-party tool to disable unnecessary startup programs in Windows 10/8/7. iSumsoft System Refixer, the helpful Windows cleanup tool, can help you do this job easily. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Download and install the iSumsoft System Refixer on your computer. After installation, launch it.

Step 2: Select the Startup option on the top of this tool. It will display a list of all startup programs in your Windows. Click the ‘Disable start’ button to disable your unwanted startup programs.

click Disable start