How to Disable programs that run when Windows starts

With time, it is easy to accumulate on his PC many applications and other software. Some start automatically when Windows starts.

Identify the programs that run when you start Windows 10

The Task Manager is there to help you sort through your programs.

Here are 3 ways to access it:

  • A press simultaneously keys Ctrl, Shift, and Esc.
  • Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Right-click the Start Menu and select Task Manager.


With Task Manager, you can see open programs, processes running in the background …

By clicking on the fewer details option, in the lower left, the Manager will have a simpler and clearer form. In our case, only Google Chrome appears.

If you click the Startup tab, you will see the status of all these applications and programs.


Note that all have status enabled, if a program has the status disabled, you can ignore it because it means that it does not load when Windows starts.

Also, you can group them according to their status, just click on the Status column. 

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Disable programs at startup

If you think that some programs do not need to start at startup, right-click on each one and select the Disable option. They will not be removed from this list. It only means that they will not run automatically anymore.


If you want to reactivate it, right-click again and select Activate.

Important notes:

  • Do not disable especially antivirus or update programs.
  • For these changes to apply, you must restart your PC.