If you often experience slow down when you turn on your computer, there is a possibility that a good number of software or programs are installed to run at the system start. These startup programs contribute to the slow booting of your laptop or personal computer and also contribute to slow system performance when you launch programs on your computer.
This post is to help you disable startup programs interfering with system booting on windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, & 8.1, and Windows 10.
To Disable Startup programs in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and Windows 10, go to task manager, startup, and navigate to the startup apps or programs list, click on the app to disable to highlight it, locate the disable button and click to disable the program. Then restart your computer to apply the effect.
The instructions above are the general procedures on how to disable startup programs, however, a different version of windows has different ways and system configuration settings to disable startup programs, which will be unveiled in the proceeding paragraphs.1
Disabling Startup Software and its Advantage
Not all software or programs installed in your personal computer requires to be disabled at startup as that might be harmful to your system security protection or cause other system default programs from running on well.
Programs such as antivirus and malware, including firewall software that protects your system from being affected by viruses and other harmful security breaches might need to startup with your windows.
However, some basic task processing programs that startup with your windows needs to be disabled to enhance your booting speed as well as system performance speed. Thereby freeing the amount or space of RAM used.
How to Disabling Startup Programs in Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Disabling startup software in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 is very easy with the default system configuration executable program called MSConfig; a system configuration setting default app.
The MSConfig when launched shows you a list of startup programs on the 4th interface titled startup. It’s designed with five interfaces; general, boot, services, startup, and tools. MSConfig is available and it’s used to disable startup apps on all windows but basically designed for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
Disabling Startup Software with MSConfig in Windows XP, Vista & 7
To disable startup apps using MSConfig, you will need to launch the system configuration panel. Here is how to go about it.
- Launch your windows startup menu (by pressing Windows Key).
- Type in the search box (MSConfig) without adding a bracket and hit the enter key or tap on the search result with the name msconfig.exe using your cursor. Windows XP users should use the Run dialog box from the start menu and type the msconfig.exe and hit the enter key.
- A window opens with five tabs, locate and tap on the startup tab.
- A list of programs that run at startup displays.
- To disable any programs from starting up with system boot, select the checkbox next to the program you want disabled.
- Click the OK button.
- A popup dialog box telling you to restart your computer to apply changes comes up.
- Click Restart and wait for your system to reboot.
- In the event you have programs you don’t want to exist, you can click exit to restart the latter.
How to Disable Startup Programs on the Latest Update of Windows 10
The startup apps disabling process is a bit different for people who updated their Windows 10 to the latest April 2018 released version. The Windows 10 April 2018 update came with a new startup app management panel or system configuration settings. Amazingly disabling startup apps with the new apps management interface is very easy and simple compared to that of Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Windows 8. Here is how to disable startup apps in windows 10 after April 2018 update.
- Press your Windows key.
- Type “Startup” to open the app management panel.
- On the Settings panel, a list of startup apps will be displayed.
- Toggle or slide the blue button off and on to disable any app of your choice.
For people that haven’t updated their system to the latest Windows 10 April 2018 version, you will need to use the normal system task manager to disable startup apps.
- Keep your cursor on the free path of your windows toolbar.
- Right-click and navigate to the task manager.
- Or simply search the task manager by pressing the windows key.
- On the task manager navigate to the startup tab.
- Tap on more details.
- Go to startup.
- Click on the app you want to disable to highlight it.
- Tap on the disable button.
Disabling startup apps using the task manager with the above instructions works also on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
How to Disable Startup Programs in CCleaner – Third-party Startup Program Disabler
Using CCleaner to disable startup software is easy, simple, and free, though there is a pro version of CCleaner at $24.95 with a technical support guide and troubleshooting help. However, the free version can still get your startup apps to disable rolling. Here is how to disable startup apps using CCleaner;
- Open google.
- Search for Cleaner.exe.
- Download CCleaner and install it.
- Launch the software after installation.
- Tap on the tools button on the left side of the app function list.
- Tap on the startup tab.
- Tap on the app you want disabled to highlight.
- Use the enable and disable button at the right side of the startup to either disable or enable a startup app.