Disable startup programs using Windows built-in tool
Disable startup programs in Windows 7, Vista and XP.For some programs, it’s better to have them start with Windows, such as anti-virus and firewall software.
- For Windows 7, Vista: Open the Start menu and type “msconfig.exe” (without the quotes) in the Search box. As you type, results display. When you see “msconfig.exe,” click on it or press Enter, if it is highlighted. For Windows XP: open the Run dialog box from the Start menu (or press CTRL+R), type “msconfig.exe” in the Open edit box, and click OK.NOTE: MSConfig can be used to configure several things other than just startup programs, so be careful what you do with it.
- Select the Startup tab on the System Configuration main window. A list of all the startup programs displays with a check box next to each one.
- To disable a program to start at boot, uncheck the desired program.
- Click OK once you are done.
- A dialog box will appear asking you to restart your PC for the changes to take affect. Click Restart to restart your PC immediately otherwise, click ‘Exit without restart’ in case you are not ready to restart your PC.
Disable startup programs in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10
- Right click an empty space on the Windows taskbar and click Task Manager. Alternative: Press and hold CTRL+SHIFT+ES, click More details if no tabs appear.
- Select the Startup tab, a list of all the startup programs displays.
- Click Status to arrange them into enabled or disabled.
- Right click a program you don’t want to start at boot and select Disable.
Notes on disabling startup programsBe careful in choosing the programs to disable, doing so may affect some functionalities of the software associated with the program. These includes third-party anti-virus, malware scanners and firewalls. Don’t worry, you can still re-enable a disabled program.
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