How Do You Remove Start-up Programs From a Windows Computer?


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Remove start-up programs from a Windows computer by identifying the programs in Task Manager and then deleting them from the Settings app. If a start-up program is a part of the operating system or a driver, remove it by disabling the corresponding service.

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To identify the programs that run automatically on start-up, right click on the taskbar, and click Task Manager. Navigate to Start-up to see which applications are included in the start-up process. You can choose an application from the list and click Disable to keep it from launching at start-up. However, this only removes the program from the start-up while keeping its files.

To delete a start-up application completely, click the Start button, and open Settings. Click System on the top left, and navigate to the Apps & Features tab. Click on one of the applications you identified in the Task Manager, and click Uninstall. Each application has its own uninstall procedure. Follow the directions on the screen, and restart your computer.

To disable a system or driver service, type "system configuration" into the search box on the taskbar. Click System Configuration Desktop App from the list. Once the application launches, navigate to the Services tab, and disable services to remove them from start-up. Exercise caution when disabling services, as some of them are critical system processes. For instance, disabling Windows Audio removes all audio-related processes from the start-up procedure and disables all sound.

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