How To Enable or Disable Windows Startup Programs [Windows 10 & 7]

If your Windows computer is taking time to boot, it’s time to disable Windows startup programs and boost start up time. Windows boot time is gradually getting better with every version of Windows. From booting up within a couple of minutes (Windows XP) to booting up in seconds. Windows 10 boot time is better than ever. Windows boot time not only depends on the hardware but also on the programs that are set to load during Windows boot.

If you have a lot of items added to startup programs, the Windows booting gets slower. Removing unwanted startup programs is an excellent way to reduce boot time.

What are startup Programs?

Startup programs are the apps, softwares, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc… that are set to run or open automatically when you start Windows computer. These startup programs are added by either the programs or drivers installed, or manually by you.

How To Enable or Disable Windows Startup Programs?

It is common for most of third-party programs to add themselves to the startup list as a result your computer boot time increases. Not everything that adds itself into startup items is really necessary. While some of the startup programs are useful and disabling them effects functioning of your computer. Some of the important apps are sound card, network adapter, security firewall, touch pad or cloud syncing. The more software you install on your computer, chances are you might have long list of startup programs. As a result Windows boot time increase and it takes longer to start up Windows. If you want to boost Windows boot time, disable Windows startup programs.

Note: As with anything, be careful not to disable anything important like sound card or network adapter software.
When in doubt, leave it alone.

Manage or Disable Startup programs in Windows 7

On your keyboard press windows key and tap on alphabet R. You will see a command prompt. In command prompt type msconfig and hit Enter. You will see MSCOnfig window on your screen. Under the Startup tab you will be able to enable, disable or remove the startup entries.

Disable Windows Startup Programs in Windows 7

Removing startup programs using Task Manager in Windows 10

You can change startup programs in Task Manager. To launch it, simultaneously press Ctrl > Alt > Del on your keyboard and choose Task Manager from the menu that appears. Alternatively, right-click the Start Menu icon and choose Task Manager.

Windows 10 Task Manager

When the utility is first launched it will default to the programs that are currently running on your system. To access the information you need move the cursor down to the bottom left corner where it says More details and click on it.

Now you’ll see a list of information displayed, including background processes and the resources that they are currently using. To find the startup items click on the tab along the top that is marked Startup. This displays a list of everything that can load when you turn on your machine.

Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10
It’s important to note the Status column, as not everything on the list is actually enabled. If an item it marked as Disabled then you can ignore it as it will not load in the startup sequence. To simplify matters click on the Status column so that it sorts the items into groups of enabled and disabled apps.

If you see any apps that you don’t want as part of your startup sequence then it is very easy to remove them. Simply right click on the relevant app, then select the Disable option from the pop up menu. The app will remain in the list, but will no longer launch automatically when you turn on your machine. To enable it again just right click on it and select Enable. Remember that you’ll need to reboot your machine for these processes to take effect.

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