How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to disable unnecessary programs and services that automatically startup when Windows 11 starts.

If you’re experiencing some performance issues with your Windows 11 computers, you should find ways to disable these programs so they don’t run when your PC starts.

Some important programs are designed to start automatically when Windows does. This is helpful for programs you use a lot, but not for programs you don’t use often because it increases the time it takes Windows to start.

Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To find programs that start automatically, follow the steps below:

List auto start programs

To try to find out the name of the program, point to the icon with your mouse pointer. Make sure you select Show hidden icons , so you don’t miss any programs.

windows 11 show hidden icons

This will list some of the programs that automatically start up when Windows starts. Not all programs that automatically start will be listed here.

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Disable auto startup programs

Here’s how you can find all the programs that start automatically, and stop the ones that you don’t want to start automatically when Windows starts.

To stop a program from starting automatically.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Startup .
windows 11 settings button

In the Settings pane, go to Apps –> Startup.

windows 11 startup app

I the Startup Apps area, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.

windows 11 startup apps list

If you have older version of Windows 11, you should press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, select Task Manager, select Startup.

Then select the program you want to stop from starting automatically, then select Disable.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable programs that automatically startup when Windows starts that are unnecessary. Doing this can free up system resources and help speed up your machine.

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