How to Stop Programs From Opening on Startup

By Tim Mammadov

Windows startup programs start running automatically every time you reboot your computer. Most of the programs include this option during the initial installation. The startup menu is useful for programs necessary to be running at all times, such as an antivirus application. However, buildup of programs in the startup menu over time will slow down the boot time and computer in general. Fortunately, you can access the startup menu and remove unwanted programs in just a few mouse clicks.

Step 1

Click the "Start" menu and select "Run."

Step 2

Type "msconfig" and press "Enter" to bring up the System Configuration Utility.

Step 3

Click the "Startup" tab.

Step 4

Uncheck the programs that you want to remove from the startup menu. Click on "Apply" and then "Close" to save the new settings and restart your computer.

Step 5

Check the box next to "Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" in the automatic System Configuration Utility window (it confirms the changes you have made using the utility) after the restart and click "OK."