This article details autoload in Windows 10 - where the automatic launch of programs can be prescribed; how to remove, disable or vice versa add the program to startup about where the startup folder is located in the "top ten", and at the same time about a couple of free utilities that make it more convenient to manage all this.
Programs at startup are the software that starts when you log in and can serve a variety of purposes: these are antivirus, Skype and other messengers, cloud storage services - for many of them you can see the icons in the notification area at the bottom right. However, malware can also be added to startup.
Moreover, even an excess of “useful” elements that start automatically can lead to the computer running slower, and you might need to remove some optional ones from startup. Update 2017: in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, programs that were not closed at shutdown automatically start the next time they log in, and this is not a startup. Read more: How to disable program restart when entering Windows 10 .
Startup in task manager
The first place where you can study programs in Windows 10 startup is the task manager, which is easy to launch through the Start button menu, which can be opened by right-clicking. In the task manager, click the "Details" button at the bottom (if one is present there), and then open the "Startup" tab.
You will see a list of programs in startup for the current user (they are taken to this list from the registry and from the Startup system folder). By right-clicking on any of the programs, you can disable or enable its launch, open the location of the executable file or, if necessary, find information about this program on the Internet.
Also in the column “Impact on startup”, you can evaluate how much the specified program affects the system boot time. True, it is worth noting here that “High” does not necessarily mean that the program you are launching actually slows down your computer.
Startup control in settings
Starting with the Windows 10 version 1803 April Update (spring 2018), reboot options appeared in the options as well.
You can open the desired section in Settings (Win + I keys) - Applications - Startup.
Startup folder in Windows 10
A frequent question that was asked about the previous version of the OS is where is the startup folder in the new system. It is located in the following location: C: \ Users \ Username \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs \ Startup
However, there is a much simpler way to open this folder - press Win + R and enter the following into the Run window: shell: startup and then click OK, a folder with shortcuts for startup programs will immediately open.
To add a program to autoload, you can simply create a shortcut for this program in the specified folder. Note: according to some reviews, this does not always work - in this case, adding the program to the startup section in the Windows 10 registry helps.
Automatically launched programs in the registry
Start the registry editor by pressing Win + R and typing regedit in the Run box. After that, go to the section (folder) HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run
In the right part of the registry editor, you will see a list of programs that are launched for the current user at logon. You can delete them, or add the program to autoload by right-clicking on an empty place in the right part of the editor - create - string parameter. Give the parameter any desired name, then double-click on it and specify the path to the program executable file as a value.
In the exact same section, but in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE there are also programs in startup, but run for all users of the computer. To quickly get to this section, you can right-click on the “folder” Run on the left side of the registry editor and select “Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”. You can change the list in the same way.
Windows 10 Task Scheduler
The next place where various software can start is the task scheduler, which can be opened by clicking on the search button in the taskbar and starting to enter the utility name.
Pay attention to the task scheduler library - it contains programs and commands that are automatically executed when certain events occur, including when you log into the system. You can examine the list, delete any tasks or add your own.
You can read more about using the tool in an article about using the task scheduler .
Additional utilities for monitoring programs at startup
There are many different free programs that allow you to view or delete programs from startup, the best of them, in my opinion - Autoruns from Microsoft Sysinternals, available on the official website https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
The program does not require installation on a computer and is compatible with all the latest versions of the OS, including Windows 10. After starting you will receive a complete list of everything that the system starts - programs, services, libraries, scheduler tasks and much more.
At the same time, functions such as (incomplete list) are available for elements:
- Virus scan with VirusTotal
- Opening a program location (Jump to image)
- Opening the place where the program is registered for automatic launch (Jump to Entry item)
- Search for process information on the Internet
- Removing a program from startup.
Perhaps, for a novice user, the program may seem complicated and not entirely clear, but the tool is really powerful, I recommend it.
There are easier and more familiar options (and in Russian) - for example, CCleaner, a free program for cleaning your computer, in which you can also view and disable or remove programs from the list, scheduled tasks of the scheduler, and disconnect or remove programs from the list in the "Tools" - "Startup" section other startup items when starting Windows 10. More about the program and where to download it: CCleaner 5 .
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