How to disable startup programs in Windows?


If you install a lot of softwares in your computer, it will take a long time to start up Windows. Many of the programs are added by themselves to the list of startup programs when the booting process is taking place and thereby increasing the numbers in the list.

It is obvious that most of our readers know this already, but this article is meant for those who are not aware of this or to get cleared with their minor doubts. Do not hesitate to let your non-techie friends know about this!

How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 7, XP or Vista

It is clever for some of the programs such as firewall and anti-virus software to be started with Windows. However, the booting process for some of the programs takes too long and so it just wastes the resources. A tool called MSConfig is installed with Windows, which allows you to simply see what is running at startup faster and disable the preferred programs you prefer to run after startup on our own as required. This tool is available and the startup programs can be disabled in Windows 7, XP and Vista.

Note that MSConfig is used to configure many things other than just startup programs, so take care of what you are doing with it. Follow the below steps in this article, if you aren’t sure about how to use it.

Go to Start menu and type “msconfig.exe” in the Search box to run MSConfig. Then the results will be displayed. When you see “msconfig.exe” is highlighted, press Enter or click on it.

Also note that if OS you are using is Windows XP, then you have to open, from the Start menu, the Run dialog box, and type “msconfig.exe” in the Open edit box, and click OK.


On the System Configuration main window, click the Startup tab. All the startup programs list will be displayed next to each other with a check box. To get rid of a program from startup with Windows, there is a need to select the check box which is next to the program that is desired so as to erase or remove the check mark in the box. If you have made your choice, then click OK.


A dialog box appears which tells you that you may restart your computer for the changes to be displayed. Click on Restart so that the computer restarts immediately. You can also click Exit without a restart if you’re not ready to restart your computer.


How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 8 or 8.1 or 10

It really simple to disable startup applications in Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. You have to just open up Task Manager by a right-click on the Taskbar else you can use the shortcut key “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC“, then click “More Details,” when you switch to the Startup tab, and then after use the Disable button.


If you haven’t seen these options, you can also click “More Details”, in the place of the “Fewer details” that are visible on the below screenshot.

How to Disable Startup Programs in CCleaner

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For the free cleaning of PC makes use of CCleaner tool which disables the Startup programs. On the left side of the dialog box in CCleaner, click the Tools button and also click Startup to make the list of startup programs to be visible. The column which is enabled specifies if each of the programs is set to start with Windows. Disabling a program which is enabled can be achieved by selecting the desired program in the list and click Disable. The programs that have been disabled can also be made to enable.

NOTE: If you want to restart your computer, CCleaner doesn’t prompt you to do so.


There is another CCleaner which is a Professional version that comes with priority technical support.  Also, a free version is available which is a portable and an installable version.

Note that when a computer is booting, some applications should be configured so that it stops launching by themselves, or they just get added to the list of startup programs by themselves again. Usually, in such case, there is an option in the program which provides the setting that helps to prevent it from starting with Windows.

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