Change Startup Programs in Windows 10

When you start up your PC, certain programs are loaded automatically. This can be useful, for example if you always use Spotify by default when you are using your computer. But there are also programs that load automatically when you are not using them. Such software can make your PC unnecessarily slow. In this article, we'll explain how to set up your startup programs.

When you turn on your computer and Windows starts up, all kinds of programs are automatically loaded. Some of these programs are necessary for your computer to function properly. Other programs are just very useful, such as cloud sync services, because otherwise you might forget to load them and your files will no longer be up to date.

Via Task Manager / Startup you will see a list of all startup programs.

View Startup Programs

However, some programs add themselves to the startup list during their installation process without your knowledge. When a program loads at startup, Windows takes longer to fully load, and the program continues to consume system resources in the background. And many of these programs really don't need to be constantly running in the background.

It is therefore a good idea to take a look at the startup programs in Windows. Which programs are already starting automatically? You can view this by right-clicking on the start button clicking and task management to select. In the window that appears, click on the tab Startup to display a list of all programs that (can) be loaded by Windows during startup.

Disable startup programs

You can see under the header whether a program is actually loaded automatically Status. If a program is enabled, it will be loaded at startup. under the header Influence on startup you can see how much the program slows down your computer.

To stop an application from loading automatically, click on it and click . at the bottom right Switch off click. If you'd rather have more information about a program before disabling it, you can right-click on it and Search online Selecting. if you're on Characteristics click, you will see the properties of the executable, such as the file location, format, installation and modification date.

Autoruns for Windows 10

In the Windows 10 Task Manager you can see exactly which programs are starting with Windows. But advanced users may also want to know exactly which processes start up with Windows. There are many more! To make this clear, you can use the Autoruns tool (developed by Microsoft itself). In this tool you can see exactly which processes are starting and you can not start processes if you wish.

Note, however, that this is for advanced users. It is important that you check which components you actually disable, for example by using the function to view online background information about the component. In addition, always make sure to back up your computer and personal files. If something goes wrong, you can restore the situation relatively easily.

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