On Windows 11, as part of the installation process, apps can register with the system to launch automatically during startup. They can also configure specific services to run in the background to perform certain tasks, including speeding up the app startup process.
Although this feature can be helpful for some applications you use frequently, you can end up with many apps and services running at startup, which can make the startup process take longer and drain battery.
Whether you want to stop Microsoft Teams, Spotify, the Xbox app, or any other app from launching automatically at boot, Windows 11 includes at least three ways to manage apps at startup, including using the Settings app, Task Manager, and the Startup folder.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the different ways to disable apps at startup on your computer.
To disable apps from running at startup on Windows 11, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the app will no longer start automatically as you sign into your Windows 11 account.
To block applications from launching automatically through Task Manager, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, you may want to repeat the steps to disable other apps.
In addition to registering with the system, some apps can place themselves in the Startup folder, a known folder that Windows scans every time the computer starts and runs any app it finds.
To disable startup apps on Windows 11 through the Startup folder, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the apps you removed from the "Startup" folder will no longer open automatically as you sign into your account.
Although Windows 11 offers multiple ways to disable apps at startup, sometimes you may have to change the settings in the app itself.
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