How to Improve Boot Times in Windows 10 by Disabling Startup Programs
The combination of a more efficient operating system in Windows 10, and faster hardware -- like blazing-fast SSDs -- has drastically improved the startup time of most PCs over the years.
But older PCs, or those with a lot of programs that open each time Windows starts, have a tendency to make this a rather tedious process. Regardless of your hardware, you can typically find some measure of improvement by limiting these process that open each time you start Windows.
- Click the Start button and choose Settings.
- Click Apps.
- From the sidebar on the left, choose Startup.
- Toggle apps on or off by clicking the slider to the right of each.
If you’re running a version of Windows where the Startup option doesn’t appear in settings, keep reading.
- Open Task Manager by using the keyboard shortcut Control + Shift + Escape or right-clicking the Start button and selecting Task Manager from the list.
- At the top of Task Manager, click the Startup tab. If you don’t see it, click More details first.
- Select the app you’d like to change and then choose Disable from the right-click menu to run it during startup or Disable it to keep it from running by default.