How To Disable Windows Startup Programs and Applications?

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Windows operating system has a function which will start applications during system start. We call this function as Startup Programs. This feature is generally very useful but in some cases, it may be unnecessary and slow down the performance of the system.

Open System Configuration via Run

The System Configuration tool is used to set, enable, disable startup applications and programs. We can open System Configuration in different ways. We can use Run application in order to open System Configuration. We will run msconfig.exe from Run.

Open System Configuration via Run
Open System Configuration via Run

Open System Configuration via Start

There is also more easy way to open System Configuration applications where we will simply search in applications in the Start menu. We will just write msconfig.exe where the System Configuration application will be listed.

Open System Configuration via Start
Open System Configuration via Start

Open System Configuration via Command Line

Command line or cmd.exe can be used to open System Configuration. We will just use msconfig.exe from the command line.

Open System Configuration via Command Line
Open System Configuration via Command Line

Navigate To The Startup Tab

After opening the System Configuration we will navigate to the Startup tab where the startup applications will be listed. We can see below there is only single applications or startup Item named VMware Tools.

Navigate To The Startup Tab
Navigate To The Startup Tab

List Startup Programs or Applications

Existing Startup Programs or Applications will be listed after opening System Configuration -> Startup tab. There are following information about Applications or Programs.

  • Startup Item is the name of the Startup Program
  • Manufacturer is the name of the Startup Program creator which is VMware in this case
  • Command is the name and path of the command or program which will run after startup.
  • Location is the registry path is of the current Startup Program
  • Date Disabled is the
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Enable Startup Program or Application

Startup Programs can be easily enabled by enabling the tick which is located the start of the line.

Enable Startup Program or Application
Enable Startup Program or Application

Disable Startup Program or Application

We can also enable the Startup Application by disabling or clicking the tick like below.

Disable Startup Program or Application
Disable Startup Program or Application

Enable All Startup Applications

We can enable all existing startup applications easily. We can use Enable all button which will enable all existing enabled or disabled Startup Applications.

Enable All Startup Applications
Enable All Startup Applications

Disable All Startup Applications

We can disable all existing startup applications easily. We can use Disable all button which will disable all existing enabled or disabled Startup Applications.

Disable All Startup Applications
Disable All Startup Applications

Save Changes and Restart System

After making some changes we need to save the configuration changes. We will use OK and Apply buttons like below.

Save Changes and Restart System
Save Changes and Restart System

After we completed the save we will see a Reboot request like below. We have two options where we can click Restart which will restart the system immediately or we can click Exit without restart

Save Changes and Restart System
Save Changes and Restart System

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