How to remove programs from Windows startup
The first step is deciding which programs you need to keep and which ones can be removed. If you are uncertain about this step you may want to read our guide to programs commonly found in Windows startup menus. The list provides program descriptions and recommendations on which programs you need and which ones you can remove.
If you already know which programs you want to remove from your startup menu there are different ways to remove them.
Firstly, you can use the default Windows options which vary depending on the version of Windows you are using. Below you will find instructions for how these work in Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
For a simpler solution download the free 14-day trial version of Smart PC. Smart PC works on all versions of Windows. On the Clean Up menu select the Manage Startup option. From this menu, you can disable or delete programs from your Windows startup menu with one click. The Smart PC startup manager also provides program descriptions and recommendations for other programs in your startup menu.
Windows 8 & 10 – Remove startup programs using the Task Manager
To access the Task Manager hold down the “Ctrl” “Shift” and “Esc“ keys -> the Task Manager should open. If the startup tab is not visible on the Task Manager menu click on the link “more details” in the bottom left corner.
- Select the startup tab and you will see a list of all programs currently active in startup
- Select the program you wish to remove and click disable
- The program will no longer be active in your startup menu
If you experience any problems after removing a program from startup you can go back to the Task Manager, select the program again and this time click “Enable”. The program will be active in startup again.
Windows 7 and Vista – Remove programs using msconfig
To access the startup menu in Windows 7 or Vista click the “Start” button and type “msconfig” in the search box -> The System Configuration window should open.
- Select the startup tab
- Uncheck the box next to the program you wish to remove and click OK
- The program will no longer be active in your startup menu.
If you experience any problems after removing a program from startup you can go back to the Systems Configuration window and add the program back to startup by simply rechecking the box next to the program name.
Removing programs from startup using a Startup Manager
If you are not comfortable using the Windows default tools to remove programs from startup then you can try Smart PC. The manage startup feature in Smart PC scans your computer for a list of programs, provides recommendations and give you the ability to make programs inactive, active or to delete them from startup.
In conclusion, it is easy to stop programs from launching automatically at Windows startup. Spending a little time removing unnecessary startup programs could significantly boost startup speeds.