How long does it take for your PC or laptop to boot? As you install more software on your computer, the longer it will be for the Windows to start up. If you want to make it faster, you will need to disable some startup programs.
Why Do You need to Disable Some Startup Programs?
Although it is true that some startup programs are useful (for example, firewall and antivirus software), most startup programs only waste resources. As your PC or laptop is working with more startup programs, it will take a longer time for it to boot and start. That’s why you need to disable several startup programs. How? Here’s how.
If You Use Windows XP, Vista or 7
The steps to disable startup programs differ a bit between Windows iterations. Let’s start with Windows XP, Vista or 7 first. Windows has a built-in tool that we can use. This tool is called MSConfig. It has many uses, including disabling startup programs.
To disable your startup programs, just do the following steps below:
- Click the Start button. Type in msconfig.exe in the search box. You will see msconfig.exe in the result. Click it
- After you click it, it will open the System Configuration window. Click the Startup tab
- You will then see a list of startup programs with checkboxes at the left side. If a box is checked, that means the program is starting up with Windows
- Check programs that you want and don’t want to start with Windows. If you want to make your PC or laptop boot faster, check only programs that you think are necessary to start with Windows. The more programs are checked, the slower the booting process will be. So, try to keep it at minimum
- After you are done deciding, click OK. A dialog box will appear. If you want to see the change immediately, choose to restart your PC or laptop now. Otherwise, choose exit without restart
One important thing to note is that MSConfig can also be used to customize other things. Due to that, be careful when you use this tool. For disabling startup programs, just follow the steps above.
If You Use Windows 8 or 10
Alright, let’s move on how to disable startup programs on Windows 8 and 10. Fortunately, the process is even easier with Windows 8 and 10. It should take less time than the steps for Windows XP, Vista or 7.
To disable startup programs, follow these steps:
- First, open the Task Manager. To do so, you can either right-click the Taskbar or press the shortcut key (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)
- After the Task Manager window is opened, find the More Details button. Click it
- There will be a Startup tab. Use the Disable button
That’s all. Very easy, isn’t it?
You can also disable startup programs by using third-party software. One example of this software is CCleaner. If you use CCleaner, you can disable startup programs by clicking the Tools button. You will then see the same startup programs list, just like when you do it using Windows’ built-in tool.