This article describes steps one can take to enable or disable startup apps in Windows 11.
There are two types of AutoStart applications in Windows: Those that are built and integrated into Windows that run automatically during system startup, and those that are not.
Microsoft Defender Antivirus and other security applications are typically designed to run at system startup. Applications that users installed are optional startup apps and it’s up to the user to allow or deny these apps to run at startup time.
There are also multiple ways to control which apps run at startup in Windows 11. Apps that you disable at startup will not run when your system is starting up.
Those that are enabled, will start up with the system.
How to turn on or off startup apps in Windows 11
As described above, there are also multiple ways to control which apps run at startup in Windows 11. Apps that you disable at startup will not run when your system is starting up.
Here’s how to control startup apps in Windows 11
Enable or disable startup apps using Task Manager
One way to control startup apps in Windows is to use the Task Manager app.
First, open the Task Manager. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+Esc). When the app opens, expand the More details link to view additional services.
On the Startup tab, select the app or service and click Enable or Disable to control whether the app can start up with the system.
Enable or disable startup apps with Windows Settings
Another way one can control startup apps is via the Windows Settings app.
First, open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu button and selecting Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Window key + I).
When the Settings app opens, click the Apps button on the left.
On the right, click the Startup tile to expand.
On the Apps -> Startup settings pane, select the app and toggle the button to the On position to enable it.
To disable it, simply toggle the button back to the Off position.
Enable or disable startup apps in the app’s advanced settings
Alternatively, users can control startup apps from the app’s advanced settings properties pane.
From the Settings app, go to Apps -> Apps & features or Installed apps tile to expand.
On the Apps -> Apps & features (Installed apps) settings pane, select the app you want to control its startup settings.
Click the settings menu (3 dots) on the app’s tile to show its advanced settings options. Select the Advanced options.
On the Apps – >Apps & features (Installed apps) -> App’s advanced options settings pane, under Run at log-in, toggle the button to the Off position to disable the app from starting up at log-in.
To enable, simply toggle the button back to the On position.&
Close the Settings app and you are done.
There may be other ways to control startup apps in Windows that are not listed here.
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