How To Disable Startup Items in Task Manager
Dear Computer Lady,
My computer has a lot of apps running when I look at Task Manager. How do I know which ones I can delete to make my computer run faster?
If I delete one will it start up the next time I turn on my computer or is canceled forever?
Thanks for you help. Kris
First, we need to determine what part of Task Manager you are viewing. Task Manager shows you what apps are currently running, what background processes are running, in addition to a lot of other things.
If you are looking to stop apps from automatically starting every time Windows starts, you need to click on the “Startup” tab in Task Manager. If the startup tab is not visible, click “More Details” in the lower-left corner of the task manager window.
Once you have clicked on the “Startup” tab, you will be looking at the apps that are starting every time Windows starts. If you want to stop an app from starting, right click on it and click, “Disable” in the context menu. Your app will still be listed in the startup list, but the status will change to “Disabled”.
Most of those apps will be easy to identify, and you can safely disable any of them (I would NOT disable your antivirus program however). When you disable an item on the startup list, it will stay disabled until you change it back to enabled. You can, however run the program any time you want by running it from the start menu.
If you see an entry that you can’t identify, right click on it, then click “Search Online” this will take you to search results for that file.
I hope this helps your computer run faster.
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