The Windows 11 and Windows 10 startup programs are apps that launch automatically when you turn on your computer or device. When you’re installing a new app, Windows may add it to the list of startup programs without your knowledge, running it each time you launch your operating system. While you want some programs to run at startup, having too many apps launch when you open your PC can slow things down considerably. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change startup programs in Windows 11 and Windows 10, as well as how to turn off the startup programs you don’t need. Let’s start:
In the past, the most straightforward way to disable startup programs was offered by the Task Manager. Nowadays, though, the easiest method to change startup programs in Windows is through the Settings app. Here’s how you can see the startup programs in Windows 11 and Windows 10:
One of the ways to customize your Windows 11 experience is to choose which apps run when you start your device. You can do this from the Settings app, but first, you need to see the list of startup programs in Windows 11. To get to it, open Settings (Windows + I), select Apps on the left sidebar and click or tap Startup on the right.
Then, on the right side of the window, you get to see all the startup programs on your Windows 11 computer.
Alternatively, you can use Windows 11’s search box on the taskbar to look for “startup apps.” Once the results are in, click or tap on Startup Apps to see the Windows 11 startup programs.
Now, you can skip to the next chapter in this guide to see how to change startup programs in Windows.
As you’ll soon find out, you can change startup apps in Windows 10 easily from the Settings app. But, before that, you need to first get to the list of Windows 10 startup programs. To do that, open Windows 10’s Settings by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard and then click or tap on Apps.
On the left sidebar, click or tap on Startup, and then you’ll see the Startup Apps on the right.
Alternatively, you can also type “startup apps” in your taskbar’s search field and then press on the appropriate result to view the Windows 10 startup programs.
NOTE: The next steps are the same regardless of whether you’re using Windows 11 or Windows 10. Let’s see how to change what programs run at startup in Windows:
At this point, it might be obvious to experienced users how to turn on or stop apps from opening on startup in Windows. The list of Startup Apps has all the programs that can be set to launch at the same time as your operating system. The publisher’s name is shown underneath, together with its Startup impact - if your computer is taking a long time to start, consider disabling the apps with High impact first to solve the issue.
To stop apps from opening on startup in Windows, turn Off the switch next to them.
The change is immediately applied, and the startup programs that you’ve disabled will no longer run when Windows boots.
If you change your mind later and decide you want some apps to launch at the same time as your operating system, you can turn the switch On or check out these other methods to enable an app to run at the Windows startup.
TIP: By the way, some of our readers asked a really funny question: “How do I get Windows to start all programs?”. 🙂 The answer is pretty simple, though: enable the switches of all the apps listed on the Startup page from the Settings app.
Some apps also let you change whether they open on Windows startup individually from their Advanced options. Unfortunately, these are few and far between. If you know the name of the app you want to enable or disable on startup, here’s what you can do:
If you’re using Windows 11, open the Settings app, head to Apps > Installed apps, and locate the app you want to turn on or turn off from launching on startup.
Click or tap the … (three dots) button next to the app, and select Advanced options from the menu.
This loads a new page with settings and options related to that app. On it, find the “Runs at log-in” section, and turn its only switch to either On or Off depending on whether you want to open or stop the app from running on Windows 11’s startup.
TIP: If the app you’re interested in doesn’t have Advanced options or doesn’t show the “Runs at log-in” section, you can look for it on the Startup Apps page, as shown in the previous chapter of this guide.
Just like Windows 11, Windows 10 also lets you individually control how some apps start. If you know exactly what app you want to enable or disable from running on Windows 10’s startup, open the Settings app and head to Apps > Apps & features. Then, on the right, scroll through the Apps & features section until you find the program you’re looking for, and click or tap on it.
This reveals the Advanced options for that specific app. Click or tap on the link to access them. Keep in mind, however, that not all apps in this list have Advanced options. If that is the case for your program, use the previous method presented in this tutorial instead.
On the next screen, you can see the specifications and options for the app you selected. Scroll down until you find the “Runs at log-in” section, and turn the corresponding switch On or Off depending on your preferences.
The next time you start your computer, you can see your changes take effect.
Every now and then, we check the list of Startup Apps and remove any non-essential applications from starting with Windows. Even while writing this tutorial, I came across a couple of “rogue” apps that added themselves to the boot process and proceeded to disable them. What about you? What startup apps did you change in Windows? Was a particular app annoying, or were you trying to improve your startup time? Let me know in the comments section below.