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How to stop a program from running automatically when your computer starts up

If you’ve had your computer for a while, you might well be greeted with a screen full of application windows whenever you start up your computer.

 

As well as being annoying, these can make your computer slower to start up.

 

Luckily, it is easy to stop these programs from starting up automatically, speeding up your computer again.

 

The programs are still on your computer, and can be started manually when you want to use them, but they won’t hog the computer automatically every time you start it up.

 

On Windows 7 or earlier

 

To disable a start-up application, click on the start button and then type “msconfig” and press return. This will open the System Configuration window – navigate to the “Startup” tab and you will see a list of all the applications that are set to start automatically.

 

To disable any application from starting automatically, simply remove the tick in the box to the left of the application’s name by clicking upon it.

 

When you are done, click “OK” to continue and restart the computer. Any applications you have disabled in the list will no longer start up automatically.

 

To restore an application so it starts automatically, simply follow the same procedure, and click on the empty box to put the tick back.

 

On Windows 8, 8.1 or 10

 

To disable a start-up application, click on the start button and then type “task manager” and press return (there are also a number of other ways to open the task manager). This will open the Task Manager window.

 

If you see a button marked “More details” at the bottom, click on it to show the task manager in full view – if the button is marked “Fewer details” instead, you are already in full view.

 

Navigate to the “Start-up” tab and you will see a list of all the applications that are set to start automatically.

To disable any application from starting automatically, click on the name of the application, and then click the “Disable” button that appears in the bottom right of the window.

 

When you are done, click the cross in the top-right corner to close the task manager window. You do not have to reboot. When you next restart the computer, any applications you have disabled in the list will no longer start up automatically.

 

To restore an application so it starts automatically, simply follow the same procedure, this time clicking on the “Enable” button that will appear in the bottom right of the window.

 

On a Mac

 

To disable a start-up application, click on the Apple menu and select “System Properties”. When the System Properties window appears, click on “Users & Groups” (on some versions of Mac O/S, this might just say “Users”).

 

The Users & Groups window will appear. On the left, you will see a list of user accounts on the Mac – assuming you want to disable an application from starting up automatically for yourself, you can leave this list as it is.

 

Select the “Login Items” tab on the right part of the window, and you will see a list of all the applications that are set to start automatically.

 

To disable any application from starting automatically, click on the name of the application, then click the – button under the list of applications.

 

When you are done, click the red circle in the top-left corner to close the users & groups windows. When you next restart your Mac, any applications you have disabled in the list will no longer start up automatically.

 

To restore an application so it starts automatically, simply follow the same procedure, but instead of selecting an application, click the + button under the list and select the application you want to start automatically.

 

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