How to remove programs from Windows startup
Removing programs from Windows startup can dramatically improve your computer startup time.
The first step is deciding which programs you can safely remove. If you are uncertain about this step you may want to read “Which programs can be safely removed from Windows startup”.
If you already know which programs you want to remove from your startup menu there are several options for removing them. 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 8, Windows 7 and Vista.
Windows 8 – 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 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.