How to Enable Apps to Automatically Restart with Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable restartable apps so that they do or do not automatically restart when user signs back into Windows 11.

There’s a feature in Windows 11 that will automatically restart applications and programs (restartable apps) that were opened and running when a user signed out or shutdown the computer. The next time the user signs back in, the programs or apps automatically launch.

Windows 11 detects and saves running programs and apps before restart. When the user logs back in, Windows will automatically restores the previously running programs.

Not all apps can do that. In fact, third party apps will need to register as restart-able apps for Windows 11 to automatically restart when logging back in to the computer.

The steps below show you how to enable or disable it if enabled in Windows 11.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

To get started with enabling apps to automatically restart when you log back into Windows, follow the steps below:

How to enable or disable apps to auto restart on logon to Windows 11

As mentioned above, not all apps are able to use this feature in Windows 11. If the app is not registered as a restartable apps, it will not relaunch upon user logon.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Account, select Sign-in options on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 accounts sign in options

On the Sign-in options settings pane, under Additional settings, toggle the button for “Automatically save my restartable apps and restart them when I sign back in” to the On position to enable.

windows 11 automatically save restartable apps

Changing the settings above will enable the feature. You can now exit the Settings windows.

How to disable restartable apps in Windows 11

If you change your mind about enabling restartable apps in Windows 11, you can simply disable this feature. To do so, click on the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Accounts ==> Sign-in options ==> and disable restartable apps feature.

windows 11 disable restartable apps

That’s it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable apps that are automatically restarted with Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. I applied all those steps in Windows q1, and nothing changed. MS Edge just pups up automatically and annoyingly every five minutes.

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