How to Change a Startup Program in Windows

By Techwalla Contributor

Whenever you start the computer, reboot, or log on to your windows computer, there are a few programs that also immediately start. A variety of installers automatically add programs to this list. In some cases the program makes it easy to remove unwanted startup programs from the list. In other cases the option to remove a program from the startup list does not seem to exist anywhere. Aside from uninstalling the program or digging in the Windows registry, there is an easier way to remove unwanted programs from the startup list.

Step 1

Open your preferred Web browser and type live.sysinternals.com/autoruns.exe to download the Autoruns utility. This utility is now considered part of Microsoft's Technet website. It allows you to change a variety of startup options.

Step 2

Run the program from the download location. Click the "Logon" tab to see a list of programs that start whenever you reboot or log into the system.

Step 3

Remove the check mark from the programs you don't want to run automatically. Close Autoruns and restart the system when you're finished. To re-enable any programs, run Autoruns again and click the check box next to the program's name in the "Logon" tab.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can configure Microsoft Windows XP to start programs automatically when you log on. This can save you time because you will not have to start each program manually.
  • This also helps you to remove programs that have added themselves to your start up menu by themselves
  • The programs you add to the Startup folder will start automatically the next time you log on or reboot your computer.