Letting a few apps run automatically when your Windows PC starts up can be helpful. But on the other hand, it can significantly slow down Windows 11 and lead to longer than usual boot times because your PC would need more time to run these apps. Therefore, you may want to disable some of those apps that you don’t want to start automatically when Windows starts.
There are several ways to disable startup apps on Windows 11. In this article, we will go through them all.
It is important not to disable programs that you do not recognize. Some applications and services can be crucial for the Windows operating system and disabling them without knowledge can lead to boot problems.
1. Use the Settings app
Probably the easiest way to disable or manage startup apps on Windows 11 is through the Settings app. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and click the gear icon to launch Settings in Windows. Also, you can press Windows key + i to open the Settings app.
2nd step: Use the left pane to select the Applications tab and navigate to Startup.
Step 3: Disable the switch next to an app to prevent it from launching on startup.
You can use the sort option to list apps based on their startup impact. Windows categorizes boot impacts into three types: low impact, medium impact, and high impact.
Identify apps with higher impact and disable them to improve boot times on Windows 11.
2. Use Task Manager
Task Manager is a powerful Windows utility for viewing and managing your PC’s memory usage. It has a startup section to enable or disable startup programs in Windows. Here’s how.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu icon and select Task Manager from the list. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to quickly launch the task manager.
2nd step: Click on More details to enlarge it.
Step 3: Next, switch to the Startup tab. Here you will find a list of apps with their start status and impact.
Step 4: Select the app you want to disable and tap the Disable button.
If you don’t recognize a program, right-click it and select “Search Online” to learn more.
3. Use Startup Folder
The Windows Startup Folder is a handy utility for launching programs, running scripts, or even launching your favorite websites on startup. Applications can sometimes add their application shortcuts in the Startup folder to run every time your PC starts.
To disable these apps, you can go to Windows startup folder and delete their app shortcuts from there. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box. Type shell:startup in the box and press Enter.
2nd step: Select the shortcut for the program you don’t need to run on startup and click the trash can icon at the top to delete it.
4. Change app settings
Some apps like Spotify, Telegram, etc. also have built-in settings to manage their startup behavior. Each application offers the settings in different menus. You can browse an app’s settings menu to locate its startup settings and disable them from there.
5. Edit Registry Editor
Windows saves all of your startup applications in Registry Editor. You can visit Registry Editor and remove entries for an application to prevent it from running at startup. Here’s how.
It is important to know that Registry Editor contains important files for the Windows operating system. So, follow the steps carefully and make a backup of registry files beforehand.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box, type registry editorand press Enter.
2nd step: Use the address bar at the top to navigate to the next key.
Step 3: On your right you will find entries for applications configured to run on startup. Right-click on the app entry you don’t want to run and select Delete.
And that’s about it. The app should no longer launch on startup.
You can use any of the above methods to prevent apps from running on startup. This will not only improve your PC boot time, but also reduce battery drain on Windows. There are also a few third-party apps that can help you manage startup apps on Windows 11. We advise you to stick to the above methods to get the most favorable result.