How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11

Prajwal Desai
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How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11

This article explains how to disable startup programs in Windows 11. You can change startup programs in Windows 11 using various methods such as Task Manager, group policy editor, Windows Settings, etc.

On your PC, you’ll find a set of programs that run every time you boot up your computer. Most programs add themselves to the startup list, which wastes resources and can slow down your computer. One of ways to speed up your computer requires disabling these Windows 11 startup programs.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to identify those apps that are set to run on Startup, and then we will look at different methods to enable or disable these programs in Windows 11. The same methods apply for Windows 10 as well.

What are Windows 11 Startup Programs?

Windows 11 startup programs are the applications that automatically start when you turn on your computer. These programs are launched from the Windows 11 startup folder, which is located in the following path: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

Some programs you’ve installed are set to run automatically when you turn on your Windows computer. If there are too many startup apps set to run during the Windows startup, it can slow it down and cause problems like a bootable failure, system crash, black screen, etc.

It is not recommended to disable the execution of certain programs that are required to run at system startup. During launch, all the essential applications and services that are necessary for your computer to function correctly should be enabled, and you should never disable them.

The good news is that Windows 11 lets you change startup programs and turn off apps that you don’t want to run when you turn on your computer. There are multiple methods available, and you can choose the one that is easy for you.

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Locate Startup Program Folder in Windows 11

The Windows 11 startup folder is located in the following path: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

To get to the above path, you can use any of the below given methods:

  1. Press Windows + R to bring up the Run utility and type shell:startup, and press Enter to open the Startup Folder on your Windows 11 computer.
  2. An alternate method is to open File Explorer, copy and paste the following path C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup in the address bar, and press Enter to go to the location of the Startup folder in Windows 11.

Note: When you browse to the startup program folder, you may notice it’s blank and there are no app shortcuts in the folder. This is normal and indicates that you don’t have any third-party apps that launch during the startup.

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Ways to Manage Startup Programs in Windows 11

As mentioned earlier, there are multiple ways to manage the startup programs on Windows 11. You can use the below-mentioned methods to enable or disable startup programs in Windows 11.

  1. Windows Settings
  2. Task Manager
  3. Group Policy Editor
  4. Task Scheduler
  5. Third-party Software program

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Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Settings

The quickest way to change your startup programs is through Windows Settings.

1. Select the Start Menu on the Windows 11 taskbar and open Settings app.

Windows Start Menu and Settings in Windows 11
Windows Start Menu and Settings in Windows 11

2. On the Settings window, select Apps in the left sidebar. Now under Apps, select the option “Startup“.

Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Settings
Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Settings

3. The Startup window displays the list of apps that you can enable or disable to run at the startup. Select the toggle next to each app to turn it On or Off. The next time you start up your computer, only the apps you’ve chosen will launch.

Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Settings
Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Settings

Use Task Manager to Change Startup Programs in Windows 11

Task Manager in Windows 11 can be used to enable or disable startup apps. Use the following steps to disable your current startup program in the Windows Task Manager.

1. Right-click the Start Menu in the Windows 11 taskbar and select Task Manager.

Launch Windows 11 Task Manager
Launch Windows 11 Task Manager

2. Select the Startup tab in the Task Manager. On the right-hand side, the Status tab displays the status of each app and shows whether it’s enabled to run at startup or disabled.

Select Startup Apps in Task Manager
Select Startup Apps in Task Manager

3. Right-click an app and select Disable to turn it off.

Use Task Manager to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11
Use Task Manager to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11

4. Make sure the status of the app now shows as “Disabled“. Close the Task Manager when you’re done.

Use Task Manager to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11
Use Task Manager to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11

Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Task Scheduler

Windows 11 has a built-in task creation, scheduling, and management utility called Task Scheduler. You can use the task scheduler to disable startup tasks or programs. Perform the following steps:

  1. On your Windows 11 PC, click Start and type “Task Scheduler” and select Task Scheduler app from the search results.
  2. Select the Task Scheduler Library option, and here you will find startup tasks, including the startup programs that run at startup.
  3. To disable the startup program, select a program from the list and select the Disable option.
Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Task Scheduler
Disable Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Task Scheduler

Change Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor

On Windows 11 Pro/Enterprise version, users can change startup programs with the help of the Group Policy Editor app. The group policy setting “Run these programs at user logon” lets you enable or disable all the startup programs in Windows 10/11.

  • Launch the Run dialog by pressing the keys Windows + R. Type gpedit.msc in the box and press the OK button. This will launch the Group Policy Editor on your PC.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.
  • In the right pane, locate the policy called Run these programs at user logon and double-click on it.
  • On the policy settings window, select Disabled. All the Windows 11 startup programs will be disabled.
Change Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor
Change Startup Programs in Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor
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Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.
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