How to disable the autorun programs in Windows 7/8/10, all methods 💻

There are several ways, and each has its own merits and demerits, so let's get started. The easiest way is to find the Startup folder in the Start menu. All shortcuts that are located here will be loaded with Windows. Depending on the language of the operating system, this folder may be called "Startup" or "Startup". It is located at.

Startup folder in the Start menu

As you can see, I have BingDesktop, Punto Switcher and SpeedFan loading. To exclude a program from the Startup folder, you just need to right-click and delete the shortcut. But when Windows boots up, many more processes and programs are launched than are represented in this folder.

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Built-in utility to manage startup

This is the easiest and most affordable way for Windows 7. To run the "msconfig" utility, press the "Win + R" key combination and enter the word "msconfig" in the window that appears.

Entering the msconfig command

A window appears in front of us, in which you need to go to the "Startup" tab. Here are all the programs of the autorun section registered in the Windows 7 registry.

Startup section in msconfig

What we see here:

  • The startup item is the name of the program
  • Manufacturer - software developer
  • Command - path to the program with startup keys
  • Location - registry key or folder where this command is located
  • Disconnection date - accordingly, the date when this item was disabled by you

Now we find the application in the list, uncheck it and click "OK". Msconfig will prompt us to reboot, but you don't have to.

Exit without reboot

Controlling startup in Windows 8/10

In Windows 10, you need to start the Task Manager, for this we press the "Ctrl + Shift + Esc" buttons and go to the "Startup" tab

Find the required process and click the "Disable" button. In the same way, turn it back on. The msconfig utility and the Task Manager do our job well, but they also do not see all the processes that start when the computer is turned on.

Total control over autostart

And now we come to the most powerful way to disable programs from autorun. This is the Autoruns program from the good company SysInternals.

Download Autoruns

The beauty of this program is that it finds all possible places from where anything can be downloaded at all and allows you to disable hidden programs with a single click! And it's all completely free! Installation is not required, but during the first launch you will need to confirm the license agreement by clicking the "Agree" button.


You need to run the file "autoruns.exe" or "autoruns64.exe" for 64-bit Windows. The second file "autorunsc.exe" is designed to run in command line mode. The Autoruns window looks like this:

Autoruns program window

In the upper part there are tabs, each of which indicates the location of the startup objects. These are not only programs, but also libraries (dlls), toolbars, widgets, drivers, services and much more. The first tab “Everything” presents everything at once in order. On the "Logon" tab, you will find those programs that we could have disabled in previous ways.

In the middle part, in fact, is a list of programs. To disable the program from autorun, just uncheck it. If the checkbox to the left of the entry is unchecked, then it is already disabled. Lines are marked in yellow that are listed in startup, but their files have been deleted, i.e. they won't load anyway. Programs without a description ("Description" column) or without a manufacturer ("Publisher" column) are marked in pink, which, as it were, hints at a viral origin, but it is not at all necessary that it is a virus.

By clicking on any line with the right button and selecting "Search Online ..." a search line with the name of the executable file will open in the browser, so that you can analyze how safe the object under investigation is. More detailed information is displayed at the bottom of the window. I described how to determine the level of trust of applications in the article about computer optimization.

Using the "Save" button on the toolbar, you can save the current state of startup, and then compare after a while, in order to find out what has been added. By the way, it is also a very useful tool. I noticed that Autoruns for some reason does not check the launch parameters "userinit.exe" and "explorer.exe", so it is better to check these keys manually, more on that later.

Editing autorun in the registry

Now we are smoothly moving on to manual editing of the registry. Press "Win + R" and enter "regedit" in the line. The registry editor will open in front of you, in which you need to go to the startup section.

Run section

There are two of them:

  • global for the entire system, from which programs are launched under any user: "Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run"
  • environment of the current user: "Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run"

We go into both registry keys in turn and find in the list on the right the application that needs to be excluded from autorun, and delete the entry using the right mouse button. Below there is one more section, which is called "RunOnce". These sections can contain commands for one-time execution, for example, to complete the installation of a software package. You can search there too, but most likely it will be empty.

Unlike the "msconfig" utility, in the registry editor we can see more loopholes from where something can start. I'll show you the two most vulnerable spots, both of which are along the way: "Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon"

Pay attention to these two parameters:

userinit.exe, explorer.exe

There should be exactly what you see in the picture (paths may differ). If something else is written after "userinit.exe," or after "explorer.exe", then it will also automatically start with Windows. In 99% of cases, it is a virus! Merely editing these entries is unlikely to help. After all, if the virus is in memory, it will quickly overwrite the record again. Therefore, you will need a complete scan of your computer for viruses.

What else can you do?

If you tried all these methods, but failed to find and disable the program, then look also at the services and the task scheduler. It is possible that the program is launched from there. Autoruns has corresponding "Services" tabs for services and "Sheduled Tasks" for scheduled tasks.

Without Autoruns, you can easily view the services if you press "Win + R" and enter "services.msc" in the window. The "Services" window will open in front of you, in which you need to look for the name of the program you are looking for.

starting services

I told earlier how to start the task scheduler and search for scheduled tasks there.

Also note:

  • most startup objects do not start in Windows Safe Startup Mode
  • if the program that set itself to autoload is launched again, and it thinks that it still needs to be in autoload, then it will be registered there again! Therefore, you need to look in its settings where you can disable autorun.

If you are using any other interesting method, then please tell us about it in the comments.

Startup is the automatic launch of programs when the computer is turned on. Most often, this function is enabled on its own when the program is installed into the operating system.

In some cases, autoloading can be a very useful feature. You can configure it yourself and leave only the necessary programs in startup.

It is worth considering that with a large number of active programs in autostart, the computer's RAM is consumed in a larger volume, as a result of which the system startup can significantly slow down.

Why are programs added to startup?

We have already said above that the installed utilities can independently add themselves to the startup registry.

If necessary, the user can independently place any desired program in autorun, so that when the computer is turned on, the system automatically launches a frequently used utility.

Why clear the startup registry?

First of all, this manipulation should be performed if the computer system began to "slow down" and load very slowly. Thus, you can free up a significant amount of RAM, the presence of which is an essential criterion for the quality of your computer.

The startup may also contain extremely important programs that contribute to the correct operation of the operating system. Therefore, you should be extremely careful when cleaning the registry.

Disable Startup in Windows 7

There are several answers to the question of how to disable the startup of windows 7 programs. Each of them implies a separate removal method.

Method number 1. Uninstalling via the Start Menu

Users who have been using this version of the operating system for a long time have probably wondered "What is hiding in the Startup folder in the Start menu?"

More advanced users have long guessed that using this folder, you can disable the autostart of programs. To do this, open the Start menu, go to All Programs, then find the Startup folder and open it.

If there are no third-party programs in startup, when you open the folder, it will say "(empty)".

Search Startup in the Start Menu

Search Startup in the Start Menu

If third-party programs are present at startup, you can uninstall any of them yourself. To do this, right-click on the required program and select the "Delete" item, after which the item will go to the trash can, from which it will be possible to permanently delete the Shift + Delete key combination.

This method is the simplest, but in this case it is impossible to see all the programs that are in autorun. Some of them are hiding.

If clearing this folder did not help to eliminate unwanted automatic loading of programs at computer startup, we recommend that you use one of the methods listed below.

Method number 2. Using MSConfig

This program is present by default in any version of the Windows operating system. There are 2 ways to call it.

In the first case, open the "Start" menu and enter "msconfig" in the search bar (without quotes). After the system detects it, double-click the LMB to launch it.

Search for MSConfig

Search for MSConfig

In the alternative version of the launch, you need to start the command line by pressing the hot key combination Win + R. In the window that appears, enter the command "msconfig" (without quotes) and click the "OK" button.

Calling MSConfig from the command line

Calling MSConfig from the command line

After starting the utility, a window will open in which you can remove programs from the startup registry.

To do this, go to the "Startup" tab, and then uncheck the boxes from those applications that you want to disable. Disable unnecessary programs, press the "Apply" and "OK" buttons.

Attention! If you do not know what a particular application is responsible for, it is not recommended to disable it yourself, as you can disrupt the correct operation of the operating system.

MSConfig window

MSConfig window

After that, you will be prompted to restart your computer, automatically sent by the system. It is not necessary to restart your computer, so in this case the choice is yours.

Reboot request

Reboot request

When using this method, you do not need to install additional programs, since MSConfig is a standard preinstalled utility for all versions of the Windows operating system.

However, this method will not allow you to remove absolutely all programs and applications from autorun, so we advise you to consider the methods given below.

Method number 3. Manual removal from the registry

The registry can also be launched in two ways - through the search for the "Start" menu or the command line.

In this case, you need to enter the "regedit" command (without quotes). After starting, the main registry window will open in front of you.

In the left part of the window there are two autostart folders - local and personal. For the first, the address is used:

<em>Computer\</em><em>HKEY</em><em>_</em><em>LOCAL</em><em>_</em> <em> MACHINE </em> < em> \ </em> <em> Software </em> <em> \ </em><em>Microsoft</em><em>\</em><em>Windows</em> <em> \ </em> <em> CurrentVersion </em> <em> \ </em> <em> Run </em> 

And for the second:

Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run 

Autorun sections

Autorun sections

To clean the registry from unnecessary applications, we need to get to the final folder ("Run") by going through the "tree" of folders as indicated in the address.

To remove applications from autorun, click on its name with RMB, and then select the "Delete" item in the context menu.

Cleaning is required in both sections.

Disable startup programs

Disable startup programs

Method number 4. Application of third-party programs

In this case, we will use the program "Autoruns" , which is freely available to all users on the official website. The utility is easy to use, takes up a small amount of hard disk space, but at the same time it is the best solution for cleaning autostart.


On the developer's site, the program is provided only in English. We will tell you how to use it correctly without knowing foreign languages.

The program is downloaded in a ZIP archive, which can be unzipped using any archiver (7zip, WinRar, etc.).

After you unzip the downloaded file, four shortcuts will be presented in the window in front of you. To install the program, we need the autoruns.exe file, which must be run as administrator.

Launching Autoruns

Launching Autoruns

When you start the application for the first time, you will be required to accept the license agreement by clicking the "Agree" button.

License agreement

License agreement

After that, the window of the program itself will start. This means that the utility does not need to be installed on the computer system.

By default, the application window will open the Everything tab on startup. It presents all, without exception, programs and applications included in autorun.



For the convenience of users, there are also tabs in which applications are divided into categories (Winlog, Driver, Explorer, etc.).

To disable autorun, you need to uncheck the box next to the unnecessary application. If you select a line with a single LMB click, then from the bottom of the window you can see information about the program in startup (version, size, location path, etc.).



When you go to the "Logon" tab, you will see a list of programs that were previously disabled in other ways.


The links provided lead to trusted sources and do not carry any malicious files or viruses. We in no way recommend downloading programs from dubious resources, as you can cause irreparable damage to your computer's system.

Disconnect in Windows 8 / 8.1

In this version of the OS, there are also several ways to disable autorun programs.

It is worth considering that in Windows 8 / 8.1, there may be elements responsible for the operation of the operating system in startup, so they should be disabled with extreme caution.


If you do not know what a particular application is responsible for, it is not recommended to disable it yourself, as you can disrupt the correct operation of the operating system.

Method number 1. System partition

To go to the system partition, you first need to open the command line by pressing the "hot" keys Win + R. In the window that opens, enter the command "shell: startup" (without quotes) and press the "OK" key.

Calling the system partition

Calling the system partition

The window that opens will display the startup data for the current user.

System partition of the current user

System partition of the current user

To view the startup registry data for all users, enter the command "shell: common startup" (without quotes) into the command line.

Calling the general system partition

Calling the general system partition

The window that opens will display autorun applications for all users who have an account on this computer.

To disable startup, delete the folders of unnecessary applications.

Common system partition for all users

Common system partition for all users

Method number 2. Disconnect using the task manager

In operating systems version 8 and higher, the task manager can be called not only in the standard way (Ctrl + Alt + Delete), but also by calling the context menu by right-clicking on the control panel, in which you need to select the item "Task Manager" .

Calling the task manager

Calling the task manager

In the Task Manager window, go to the "Startup" tab.

Startup in Task Manager

Startup in Task Manager

This tab will display all applications that are in the autorun registry. To disable automatic downloading of programs, select the unnecessary PCM program and select "Disable".

Disable autostart of the program through the task manager

Disable autostart of the program through the task manager

Method number 3. Disable autostart programs through the registry

The registry is also opened using the command line, which is invoked by pressing the "hot" keys Win + R.

In the "Run" window you need to enter the command "Regedit" (without quotes) and click the "OK" button.

Registry call

Registry call

In the window that opens, you need to go to the specified path:

<em>Computer\</em><em>HKEY_</em><em>LOCAL_</em><em>MACHINE\</em><em>SOFTWARE\</em> <em> Wow6432 </ em > <em> Node \ </em> <em> Microsoft \ </em> <em> Windows \ </em> <em> CurrentVersion \ </em> <em> Run </em> 

then disable unnecessary applications and remove their components from the computer system.

Disable startup via registry

Disable startup via registry

Method number 4. Disconnection using the scheduler

The scheduler must also be called through the command line. To do this, enter the "taskschd.msc" command in it, then press the Enter key or the "OK" button.

Calling the scheduler

Calling the scheduler

The time and date of launch of each application is written in the scheduler.

Look at the programs that are on startup, and, if necessary, disable unnecessary ones, and then just close the scheduler window.



Startup programs Windows 10

In order to understand the question of how to disable the autorun of windows 10 programs, you do not have to look for an answer for a long time - in this case, absolutely all methods of disabling autorun of windows 8 / 8.1 are suitable.

The only positive difference of this operating system is that in autorun the elements responsible for the correct operation of the OS itself are stored only in the registry, so absolutely all programs can be deleted from the autorun list.

Such a solution will speed up the computer boot as much as possible and improve system performance.


When the operating system starts, the download speed is directly affected by the number of programs that have the autoload function (Skype, Viber, Torrent and others).

To reduce the consumption of system resources, you should determine which programs and applications you need immediately after starting the computer, and which you can start later on your own.

In this way, you can significantly improve the performance of the system.

This effect is achieved by freeing up RAM. The startup registry overload is most often affected by computers of schoolchildren, the elderly and insecure PC users.

Please note that if you are not familiar with applications that are responsible for the correct operation of the operating system, you must be careful to disable startup programs so as not to harm your computer. Or you should contact a specialist.

In conclusion, we recommend watching a thematic video at the link:

How to remove a program from Windows startup?

The best utility for Windows 7, 8, XP

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As you install new programs, your computer may slow down. One of the reasons is the large number of autorun utilities in the list that take up device resources. Today we will look at what autoloading is, as well as how to optimize it so that resources are not wasted.

Startup: what is this option and how is it useful

The auto-start option for programs means opening utilities for further work in them immediately after turning on the computer, in particular, Windows. There is a list of startup programs. The user has the right to edit it himself: add and remove unnecessary utilities. The automatic mode of enabling applications will save you from searching for shortcuts on the "Desktop" in order to launch programs: you have turned on your computer device and you can immediately work in the desired utility.

List of programs in the "Startup" tab
In the "Startup" tab, you can edit the list with programs that should open when Windows starts

It is important to know that a considerable number of utilities at startup negatively affects the performance of the operating system: the utilities included in the list continue to function in the background after startup and load the central processor. As a result, the device works slowly, especially if it has poor specifications.

Thus, it is not recommended to include many utilities in the list: no more than 7. Only antivirus will be a mandatory item. All other programs you choose yourself. For example, if you constantly work on the Internet, put your favorite browser on startup.

How to disable autorun utilities in Windows 10 or remove unnecessary software from there

Autoload is a useful option, but sometimes, as we noted above, users also encounter its disadvantages. In this case, problems may appear through no fault of a person: often during installation, utilities are automatically included in the autorun list without the user's knowledge, even if there is no need for it. As a result, even a new computer starts to freeze.

How to be in such a situation? You cannot turn off autoload completely. In this case, only unnecessary programs are removed in any of the following ways, so that the list becomes much smaller.

Through the "Task Manager"

In the "Task Manager" you can not only end program processes, but also customize your autorun list. What exactly do you need to do in this window?

  1. In Windows 10, the "Task Manager" can be quickly launched through the "Taskbar" (the lower bar on the computer screen, which contains icons of open programs and the "Start" button). Click on the field free of icons on the "Taskbar" with the right mouse button and in the context menu, make a choice in favor of the "Task Manager".
    Taskbar context menu
    Select the "Task Manager" item in the context menu of the "Task Pane"
  2. You can open this window in the classic way: hold down the Ctrl + Shift + Delete key combination and select "Task Manager" in the new screen.
  3. There will be several tabs in the dispatcher window. As you may have guessed, we need the "Startup" section.
    Task Manager
    In the "Task Manager" switch to the "Startup" tab
  4. Click on the column above "Status" to arrange the list with utilities - it will be convenient to work with it.
    Parameter "State"
    Click on the "Status" parameter to arrange the list
  5. Take a look at the apps that are included in startup. Find the ones you don't need. Select them one by one with the left mouse button, and then click on the "Disable" button located at the bottom of the window. If you want to deactivate all applications in this list, repeat the procedure for all items except the antivirus, as it should start working immediately after Windows starts.
    Selecting a program in the "Task Manager"
    Select the program in the list with the left mouse button and click on the "Disable" button
  6. Close Task Manager and restart your device.

Video: how to remove programs from the autostart list using the "Task Manager"

Using the "Registry Editor"

You can set up a list with utilities for autorun not only through the usual "Task Manager", but also through a window called "Registry Editor". Even beginners who previously did not know about the existence of this important built-in service can handle this procedure. Let's consider everything step by step.

  1. To make the "Registry Editor" window appear on the screen of your device, hold down two keys simultaneously: Win (the button with the Windows icon) and R.
  2. A small "Run" window will open. It will have one line "Open". Enter the regedit command here. Now click on OK or press Enter on the keyboard.
    Run window
    Enter the command regedit in the "Open" field
  3. Click on the left button "Yes" to allow the "Registry Editor" to make changes on this computer.
    Permission to make changes
    Click on "Yes" to allow "Registry Editor" to make changes on your device
  4. The editor window is divided into two parts. We will look for the folder with files we need in the left area, where the tree structure is located.
    Registry editor
    The "Registry Editor" window is divided into two parts: sections and a list of files with folders
  5. First, open the following sections one by one: HKEY_CURRENT_USER - Software - Microsoft - Windows - CurrentVersion - Run.
  6. As a result, you will see a list of files that are responsible for the autorun of individual applications on the device. As a rule, the name of these files contains the name of the utility, so here it will be easy to determine which items need to be removed.
    Run folder
    Find in the list of registry entries in the Run folder the names of unnecessary programs that should not run with Windows
  7. To remove an application from the list, for example, ViStart or CCleaner, right-click on it to bring up a small menu with options. In it, we already select "Delete".
    Registry entry context menu
    Click on "Delete" to remove the registry entry
  8. Click on "Yes" to confirm the removal of the file from the registry. Don't worry: it won't crash your system. You just disable the launch of the utility.
    Delete confirmation
    Confirm the deletion of the registry entry by clicking on "Yes"

Using the "Startup" folder on the system drive

The folder containing the list of startup programs is located on the system drive. In order not to search for it in Windows Explorer for a long time, we suggest using a quick method that will help you immediately display the desired section on the screen. So, what needs to be done:

  1. On your keyboard, hold and hold for a couple of seconds two keys: Win and R. The already familiar "Run" window will open, with which we launched the "Registry Editor".
  2. In the "Open" field, write the following: shell: startup. In order not to make a mistake in the command, it is better to copy it and then paste it into the line using the context menu, which is invoked by the right mouse button.
    Shell: startup command in the Run window
    Enter the command shell: startup in the "Open" field to launch the "Startup" folder
  3. This will launch Windows Explorer, in particular the Startup folder.
    Startup folder
    In the "Startup" folder there will be a list of programs that start working together with the start of Windows
  4. To remove an unwanted application from the list, right-click on it to display a list of options. In it, we already click on the "Delete" item, which is closer to the end.
    File context menu in the Startup folder
    Select "Delete" in the context menu that appears to remove the program shortcut from the "Startup" folder

This method has a big drawback: not all applications that are in the "Autostart" mode are displayed in this folder. Thus, you will not be able to fully edit the list of utilities.

Deleting with Task Scheduler

To optimize the list of utilities for autorun along with Windows loading, you can use one more built-in service of the operating system: "Task Scheduler". How to open it and what should be done in its window?

  1. Open the "Search" section of the "Taskbar". It will have a magnifying glass icon to the right of the Start button.
    Windows Search
    Click on the magnifying glass icon to open Windows Search
  2. If there is no such icon, enable it: right-click on the "Taskbar" and select "Search" in the context menu, and then the value "Show search icon".
    The item "Search" in the context menu of the "Taskbar"
    Select Show Search Icon
  3. Enter the query "Task Scheduler" in the line. It will immediately appear in the results. Open it with the left mouse button.
    Search query
    Enter the search term "Task Scheduler" in the line
  4. In the service window, open the "Task Scheduler Library".
  5. There will be a list in the middle of the window. Find an unnecessary program in it. Left-click on it to highlight it and then click on "Delete" or "Disable" on the right third side of the screen. Be careful as you can disable important processes from starting here.
    Task planner
    In the list of programs for scheduled launch along with Windows, disable unnecessary items

Install special programs

You can clean the startup list not only with the built-in Windows tools, but also with the help of special software. Today we will consider two simple and effective utilities as an example: CCleaner and Autorun Organizer.

CCleaner: easily and quickly remove programs from startup

The CCleaner utility is a universal assistant for Windows optimization from the developer Piriform. Its main function is to clear hard drives from "junk" files that accumulate over time and begin to slow down the operation of the device. With this tool, you can easily and simply edit the list with auto-run programs. Use the following instruction to remove unnecessary utilities from the list:

  1. Download the utility from the official site. Install the program following the simple prompts of the installation wizard.
    CCleaner official website
    Click on the Download Free Version button to download the CCleaner installer
  2. Launch the application using the shortcut on the "Desktop".
  3. Go to the "Service" section, and then to the "Startup" tab. A list with programs that open when the device starts up will appear in the Windows block.
    Startup tab
    In the "Startup" tab there is a list of programs that start together with Windows
  4. Select the unnecessary utility in the list with the left mouse button. Then click on the blue "Turn off" or "Delete" button. Repeat this step for each application you want to remove.
    Removing a program from the list
    Click on the unnecessary program with the left button and select "Disable" or "Delete" on the right side of the screen

Video: how to disable startup programs using CCleaner

Autorun Organizer: an easy-to-use startup manager

Unlike CCleaner, this tool, developed by ChemTable Software, is only for managing the startup list. This is its main function: it does not clean disks. Nevertheless, the utility copes with its tasks efficiently: even if the program itself is re-included in the autorun list, Autorun will immediately disable it.

The disadvantage of the utility is that during the installation it is proposed to install additional software: Yandex.Browser and other related products from this company. However, you can refuse to install these programs by simply unchecking the checkboxes.

Now we will consider where you can download this startup manager, as well as how to work in its window.

  1. First download the utility installer from the official source. Run it and install the program following the simple instructions in the window.
    Autorun Organizer official website
    Click on "Download" to download the Autorun Organizer installer
  2. After installation, the Autorun Organizer window will open. It will contain a list of services and programs that start with Windows. The utility immediately optimizes the loading time of all objects: some programs are launched immediately, and some after a certain period of time. To disable the launch of a specific program, find it in the list. Let's take CCleaner again as an example. Click on the program with the left mouse button.
  3. At the bottom of the window, under the list, under the Program Details tab, you will see a variety of options. You can disable the utility for a while. To do this, just put a check mark next to the appropriate item. If you want to delay the launch of programs, select a time using the drop-down menu. If you want to remove the utility from the list altogether, click on "Remove".
    List of programs for autorun in Autorun Organizer
    Remove programs from the list in the Autorun Organizer window

In the program itself

Often the utilities themselves include themselves back into the autostart list some time after you have removed them using any of the above methods (with the exception of Autorun Organizer, since the program strictly monitors this). To exclude them from being added to the list again, turn off the autoload option in the utility itself along with the OS. Usually, each program has an item "Start automatically with Windows".

Let's look at the procedure using the example of one of the popular download managers and media player in a single tool called MediaGet.

  1. Open MediaGet from a shortcut on your desktop or in the start menu.
  2. In the upper right corner, find a small gear-shaped icon.
    MediaGet window
    Find the gear-shaped icon in the upper right corner
  3. Click on it to open the menu. Now click on "Settings" to open the options section.
    Gear icon menu
    Left-click on the "Settings" item
  4. You will immediately be taken to the "General" tab.
  5. In this tab, in the "System" block, find the item "Run with Windows".
    General tab
    Find the item "Start with Windows"
  6. Uncheck it so that in the future the program does not run in the background immediately after Windows starts.
    Removing a mark
    Uncheck "Run with Windows"
  7. Left-click on the green OK button for the changes to take effect.

You can go into the settings of each program separately and turn off the launch option with Windows to remove them from the list permanently.

If at startup along with Windows there are many utilities that you do not need, you need to clean up the list: remove all programs that you do not use, as they take up precious system resources of the computer. This can be done both using standard Windows tools and using special utilities, for example, CCleaner and Autorun Organizer. If you notice that the program is re-added to the list, disable the "Run with Windows" option already directly in its settings.

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Any operating system at the beginning of its work performs many operations. Among them is the launch of programs built into the startup, which will run all the time until the computer's operating system is active or the user exits the program. This is not always noticeable, but after switching on, programs that are often unnecessary at a given time are launched.

How to remove a program from startup

This is due to the fact that software developers add an automatic download function. Each such accidentally found utility causes undesirable consequences: the system does not come ready for work much longer, the load on the processor and RAM in the background increases. What's next?

Your computer or laptop will have virtually no resources left to continue normal operation. What should be done to prevent this situation from arising? Remove unnecessary programs from your startup.

How to remove programs from startup on Windows 7

The Windows 7 operating system provides the ability to remove programs from startup using the built-in MSConfig command, as well as using the third-party Autoruns program.

Using the command line

Within the framework of the Windows 7 operating system, a call to one wonderful utility is provided. Through it, services, several parameters of the operating system and, of course, autorun are managed. In Windows 7, you can directly open this line by choosing Run from the menu. You can enter the command in the form of text msconfig and in the search bar, after calling the corresponding item in the "Start" menu. You can enter a command into the line by calling it with the Windows key combination and R. This combination leads to the appearance of the "Run" menu, in the line of which you should enter the MSConfig command. Now it remains to press "Enter":

In the "Startup" tab, you can remove any program from the Windows 7 startup.

The contents of the tab will appear as a table. The column on the left lists all applications that are in startup, and if the program is active, there is a check mark next to its name. To exclude the application, you need to remove it and be sure to save the changes in the settings by clicking the "OK" button:

How to remove a program from startup

You can approach the solution of the problem more globally. We are talking about disabling unnecessary services, which are also sometimes used for startup programs. Without leaving the same "System Configuration" utility, you need to click on the "Services" tab to go to it. There, opposite the function "Do not display Microsoft services" should be checked.

There will be a list of programs that are included in the startup as services. Some of them can be disabled if necessary. To do this, we do exactly the same as in the case of the "Startup" tab. You need to uncheck the box and save the changes by clicking "OK":

How to remove a program from startup

We use the Autoruns program

Third-party programs can also remove unnecessary applications from startup. Among the most effective of these is the Autoruns program.

You can download this program and use its simple interface. It is really simple: on the "LogOn" tab, you can deactivate most of the programs included in the startup. To disable services, the "Services" tab is provided. The principle of operation practically remains unchanged: you need to uncheck the box next to an unnecessary program or service. In this case, the new configuration does not need to be saved - all settings will be applied immediately:

How to remove a program from startup

How to remove programs from startup on Windows 10

To ensure that your Windows 10 PC or laptop is efficient enough and resources are not wasted, you can use one of the methods that use Task Manager, Command Prompt, Computer Search, and a third-party application.

Using the "Task Manager"

In Windows 10, using the Task Manager, you can not only interrupt the execution of any startup program, but also set up your own startup list.

First you need to call the "Task Manager". To do this faster, use the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. It is necessary to click on it with the right mouse button on any area free of icons. In the drop-down menu, select the "Task Manager" item.

However, you can proceed according to the classical scheme. To do this, you need to simultaneously press three keys - Ctrl, Shift and Delete and another screen will appear, where you need to select "Task Manager".

A dispatcher window will open, containing several tabs, among which we are interested in "Startup". For the convenience of further work, it is better to click on the "Status" column located at the top.

Working with the list, find the applications you do not need and select them one by one with the left mouse button, then clicking "Disable". This button is located at the bottom of the dispatcher window:

How to remove a program from startup

If you decide to remove all the applications in the list, we strongly recommend that you leave the antivirus activated. This program should definitely start working as soon as you start Windows.

You just have to close the manager window and restart your computer or laptop.

Using the Registry Editor

There is a simple method for uninstalling programs at startup and setting the appropriate list and through the "Registry Editor". Let's describe step by step how to use this convenient built-in service:

1. Open the "Run" window, in which the commands are entered. To do this, simultaneously hold down the keys with the Windows icon and R;

2. In the small window that appears, enter the regedit command;

3. We give permission to the "Registry Editor" to make changes by clicking on the "Yes" button;

4. You will see the editor window, which is divided into left and right areas. On the left side, you need to find the folder with the files we need. To do this, you must sequentially open the following folders in the tree-like directory: HKEY_CURRENT_USER - Software - Microsoft - Windows - CurrentVersion - Run;

5. You will see a list with files that are responsible for the autorun of some applications. It is not hard to guess which of these files contains the required utility, since its name contains its name:

6. Now let's move on to deleting. Right-click on the application that we do not want to see in startup and select “Delete” in the small drop-down menu;

7. Click "Yes" to confirm the operation. The file will be removed from the registry, and don't worry - it won't crash your system. Just starting this program when the device is booted is disabled from now on.

We use the system disk

Removing programs from startup is possible directly from the folder containing the startup list. It is located on the system drive. We will show you a quick way to find it. It is not necessary to search through the "Explorer", it is better to do the following:

1. Call the "Run" window already known to you from the previous section with the Win and R keys;

2. Enter the shell: startup command in the "Open" field. It will be better if you copy the command from this text and then paste it into this field using the context menu invoked by the right mouse button. This way you will surely not make a mistake in the command:

3. You will see on the screen opened "Windows Explorer", namely the desired folder called "Startup":

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4. An unnecessary application should be selected by right-clicking on it and selecting “Delete” from the menu that appears.

However, you cannot completely edit the startup list using this method. The fact is that the "Startup" folder of the system drive does not contain all applications that run in startup mode.

Task Scheduler service

Another useful service is built into the Windows 10 operating system - "Task Scheduler". It will help you optimize autoplay and customize the list as you wish. To do this, use the "Search" section. It is usually marked with a magnifying glass icon and is located to the right of the Start button. If there is no such icon, turn it on. To do this, right-click the "Taskbar" and select "Search" in the context menu that appears. Next, you need to select the value "Show search icon". When the search box opens, do this:

1. Enter "Task Scheduler" in the line. Next, open it with the left mouse button;

2. When the "Task Scheduler" window appears in front of you, open the "Task Scheduler Library" section;

3. The list of applications included in the startup will be located in the middle of the window. Then it remains to select an unnecessary program, select it with the left mouse button and click on "Delete" or "Disable":

Be careful when applying this method! Here, in the "Scheduler Libraries" folder, there are system utilities that perform important processes. They should never be deleted.

CCleaner program

Again, developers of special software come to the rescue, offering their utilities for cleaning the startup list. One of the simplest and most effective programs of this type is CCleaner.

To use this software and edit the list of programs for autorun at your discretion, do the following:

1. Download the CCleaner utility from the official site and install it following the prompts;

2. When an application shortcut appears on the desktop, call it to launch the application;

3. Go to the "Startup" fold located in the "Service" section. The list of programs you need that opens with the start of the computer will appear in the Windows utility block:

4. Select the application that you do not want to see in startup with the left mouse button. It remains to click on the blue button "Delete" or "Turn off".

Repeat the last step for each program you do not need.

Thus, we have covered all the methods that will help you remove any software from the automatic boot on your own in the Windows operating system. Choose any method you like and go for it.

If you did not succeed in using these methods, then the masters of the "Service of Good Deeds" will help. We work around the clock. Call or leave a request on the site if you have questions and urgently need help.

When turning on the computer, the user starts only the operating system. All other actions are performed independently in the graphical interface. Depending on the problem being solved, a certain set of programs is launched. Moreover, each user has those that will be opened without fail. Someone first launches an email client, someone opens social networks in a browser. Not everyone knows that these routine operations can be automated by configuring autostart programs.

Autostart cleaning

A clean OS will automatically start only system services. When installing programs, most users do not pay attention to the initial settings. As a result, after some time the computer turns into a “zoo”. Several browsers "live" in it at the same time, clients of various cloud storages, optimization and file upload utilities start independently. Thus, from a useful tool, startup turns into an “enemy” of the user, slowing down the operation of the operating system.

Windows 7

On versions of Windows with a traditional Start menu, the Startup folder can be found in the general list of installed programs. At this point, it is a rendered shortcut for quick access.

In fact, the folder is located in a hidden area of ​​user files. Direct access to it can be obtained by calling the context menu. The items marked with frames will open the directory of a specific user in the "Explorer", and those indicated by the arrows - the system-wide one.

In order not to look for where the startup is located in Windows 7, you can use the universal command in the Run menu. Enter "shell: startup" into the text box. Clicking on the "OK" button opens the "Explorer".

At the top of the window, we see the full path to the required directory. By default, AppData does not appear in File Explorer. Therefore, if we simply open the user's folder, we will not find it until we turn on the display of hidden files.

You can go to the Windows 7 startup in this way, but you cannot fully edit it. The disadvantage of this method is that most programs that have an automation option in the settings will not be visible here. You can edit the autorun list in the configuration utility. Let's start the Run menu and type the command shown in the screenshot in the text field.

In the configuration utility window, go to the "Startup" tab. Here we see a general list of programs, the behavior of which can be controlled using the checkboxes indicated by the arrow. By removing them, we exclude automatic start. The changes made must first be applied by clicking on the corresponding button. The "Location" column highlighted in green contains the startup path for each program and we will need it later.

When we finish working with the configuration utility, we will receive a system notification. You can choose between immediate or delayed reboot.

The next way to open startup programs on Windows 7 requires intervention in the system registry. Once again we use the "Run" menu.

Having opened the registry editor, remember the green field in the configuration utility. The full paths where the autorun settings for specific programs are located are indicated there. The AIMP player was registered exactly according to the path indicated by the frame on the screenshot. To cancel automatic start for it, the key indicated by the arrow must be deleted.

So, we looked at several ways to find and clean startup in Windows 7. The most versatile is the use of the configuration utility. Only in it all the necessary data and tools are collected in one place.

Windows 10

It has become a good tradition for Microsoft to surprise users of its OS. Changes are not only external, like the disappeared Start button in Windows 8. The system is changing significantly internally. We just found a universal way to clean up startup programs. We apply it in Windows 10 and see the picture shown in the screenshot. There is a configuration utility, there is a tab on it too, and the control menu has "moved". Thanks to the company's engineers who pointed out where the startup in Windows 10 is, rather than forcing users to search for it on their own. Click on the hyperlink indicated by the arrow.

In the task manager, go to the designated tab of the same name. You can disable auto-start of programs in Windows 10 right in it. To do this, it is now enough to call the context menu. The required item is shown in the screenshot.

This concludes the changes Microsoft made to the automation setup. Management has been moved to the task manager, it has become more convenient and does not require knowledge of special commands. The rest of the considered possibilities have been preserved. You can still remove startup programs in Windows 10 by opening the user's hidden folder or by editing the registry.

Configuring autorun

On a well-tuned system, nothing should be started without the user's knowledge that is not required in the first five minutes. By cleaning the startup from unnecessary "garbage" and being guided by this rule, you can configure the startup of programs that are needed in the first place.

Autorun software

We open the settings of the selected software and look for the item responsible for integration with the operating system. If the developer has provided such an opportunity, you just need to use it. Let's take the popular AIMP player as an example.

The required parameter is present here. Therefore, we can add it to Windows 10 startup by ticking the box indicated by the arrow.

Software without autorun

If the parameter we need is not in the settings, we proceed as follows. Find the program using search. We call the context menu and go to the location of the file.

In the "Explorer" window, select the icon of the desired program. We open the context and drop-down menus for it in succession. In the second, we get to the item that creates a shortcut to the program on the desktop.

Let's use the "shell: startup" command to launch an additional "Explorer" window. To add an application to startup, transfer the created shortcut to an open directory. Now in the task manager we will find both applications added in different ways.

Using the described method, you can add a program to autorun regardless of whether the developers provided such an opportunity or not. Windows 10 is a "capricious" system, after updating an application to a new version, it may refuse to recognize old shortcuts. In this case, the operation will have to be repeated by sending the updated file to startup.

Task Manager

Using the scheduler, you can organize the forced launch of programs on a schedule. Open the wizard for creating simple tasks and follow its instructions.

As an example, let's schedule a regular launch of the music player. So that you can later find the created task, we give it a name.

We choose to start at the entrance to the OS.

By default, the scheduler prompts you to create a task to run the program.

We use the "Browse" button to specify the path to the executable file.

The task is created, and the system gives us an overview window with the specified characteristics.

After completing the wizard, you can edit the trigger by specifying additional conditions.

For example, activate a due date. Using the designated area, we indicate the start and end date values ​​for our task.

Notebook owners should pay attention to the "Conditions" tab. In order for the task to be performed in any case, and not only when connected to the mains, uncheck both checkboxes in the area indicated by the frame.

The result of the performed manipulations will be the automatic launch of the player every time you enter the OS. At the same time, it is impossible to remove the program from startup using the methods discussed above. It will not appear in the task manager. To cancel a task, it must be removed from the scheduler.


Automatic launch of programs is a useful tool that saves you from performing routine actions. However, he will work “for the good” of the PC owner only if he is wisely approached. If the installation of programs is carried out on the principle of "the computer itself asked", the system will quickly turn into a "zoo", and autoloading will cause "brakes" and the main enemy of the user.

Startup is a Windows feature that launches any program after the computer has fully booted up. It is easy to introduce new programs into it that require constant inclusion. Sometimes it is required to configure automatic loading for the user himself. After reading the article, you will understand how to add a program to startup.

Check the settings for the selected program before starting work. Make sure that the function that allows you to start the program immediately after turning on the device is not activated there. If you find this function, turn it on and restart your computer.

How to add a program to startup in Windows 7

If you could not find this function in the settings, you will have to turn on the program on your own.

Using the Startup folder

The simplest method is to transfer the program icon to the automatic loading block ("Start", column "All programs"). Use the right mouse button to open the menu, find the "Open" line there:

You can go to the folder section in another way: go to the "Run" block by pressing Win + R at the same time, write shell: Startup in the empty field. A window will appear with the elements of the "Startup" section:

Then just copy the file to the folder:

The software will start automatically only with the administrator under whose account it was activated. To make it available to other users, duplicate it in the Startup folder. You can find it in the "Run" menu or simply enter it into the Start line: shell: Common: Startup:

Using MSconfig

How to add a program to Windows startup using MSconfig:

1) Go to start, type in "MSconfig" in the search bar and run as administrator:

2) Click on the "Startup" tab in the program interface;

3) Check the boxes next to the required items and enable automatic loading:

This program displays almost all the keys for starting, because it works closely with the Windows registry and can collect all data from it. So you can work closely with the elements of the program launch during the operating system boot.

Using the registry

Before starting work, you need to go to the registry editor. Open the "Run" window, type in the word "regedit" there:

We are looking for an automatic download activation string in the registry database:

· Line HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run makes changes to the automatic download folder only for the current administrator;

· The HKEY_USER_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run line allows anyone who is currently logged in to download software.

Add a new "String parameter" with any name to the list that is most suitable for you, and enter the address of the selected program into the "Value" line:

With the help of CCleaner

In the free utility CCleaner, it is easy to deal with the question of how to put the program on startup. This method is the simplest in comparison with the previous ones:

1. Start the software product. To download, you can choose the full version (you need to install) or the mobile (you can not install);

2. Move to the "Service" tab - it is in the left menu;

3. Click on the line "Startup". To add programs, select them with the mouse and click on the "Enable" button:

How to add to Windows 10

In outdated operating systems, the startup folder was opened immediately through the "Start". It was immediately allowed to throw any label into it. In Windows 10, the developers decided to remove this folder from the menu. But other methods have appeared that are convenient for use in this version.

Using the Startup folder

To begin with, the auto-download folder hasn't gone anywhere. It just moved from start to another file object. We move to it in stages (the analogue in English is given in brackets): Users - your username (User_name) - appData - roaming - Microsoft - Windows - Start menu - Programs - Startup.

This method takes a long time to open the folder, so it will be faster to do it through the Run menu. Hold down the buttons on the Windows-R keyboard at the same time, write in the line "shell: startup":

Some time after the successful command entry, the Instant Load storage object will appear, available to the authorized user. Next, the software shortcut must be moved to a folder. It will start itself simultaneously with turning on the computer and activating user data.

To put the program in Windows 10 startup, other users should press "Windows-R", and then - "shell: common startup". Save a copy of the software shortcut again.

Through the task scheduler

Using this method, any program can safely go through automatic loading, some time after turning on Windows. This significantly reduces the number of downloads after activating the computer. Therefore, it takes less time for it.

Turn on the task scheduler. Then press Windows-R at the same time and enter "taskschd.msc":

Then create a simple task (active line on the right), the "wizard" window will appear. Name your task and click "Next". There will be a question about the time of software activation, select "during computer startup", and then - "Start the program".

In the "Overview" column, you can select the software required for automated launch. Further, the detailed address of the exe-file will appear in the active line next to it.

At the final stage, check all the data and confirm the operation (the "Finish" button). The task will be completed and saved, and the program will already be able to load simultaneously with the operating system.

When you need to delay the loading time of a program, open this task in the Scheduler and find its properties. In the "Triggers" row, select the "On Startup" column and click "Modify".

A window will appear in which the addition of the program to startup can be adjusted according to the parameters. In order to enter a deferral, you need to use the "Postpone task" command. Then exit from anywhere and click "OK" to save your changes:

Through the register

You can also start the automatic download of any software in Windows 10 through the registry. To this end, you need to hold down Windows-R, then enter regedit in the input line.

The registry editor will start. To add the program to startup, move to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER section. And to open access to all others - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

When the required registry opens, call the menu with the right mouse button click on the corresponding column to create a new string parameter. Expand this option and write the detailed path to the selected program.

Save your changes and restart your computer to test the installation:

Using MSconfig

Adding a program to Windows startup via MSconfig involves six steps:

1. Click on "Start" with the right mouse button;

2. Select the line "Run";

3. A small window will appear, enter into it: "msconfig";

4. In the tab that appears, expand the "Startup" item;

5. Expand the list of tasks in the manager;

6. Select the line with the required program and activate it:

Thus, we have considered all the methods that will help you add any software to automatic loading in the Windows operating system yourself. Choose any method you like and go for it.

If you did not succeed in using these methods, then the masters of the "Service of Good Deeds" will help. We work around the clock. We consult by phone or at a convenient time we leave for home or office. Call or leave a request in the chat if you have any questions and urgently need help.

If, when you turn on your computer, your operating system boots for a very long time, then the point is in those programs that open automatically. A whole bunch of apps are running at the same time. This significantly slows down the computer. Therefore, you need to disable the automatic launch of applications. We will look at the most popular methods for various systems.

Autorun programs in Windows 7. MSConfig utility.

This method is quite simple. Go to the Start Menu. Next, enter msconfig in the search bar. Open the first (and only) result.


Go to the Startup tab.


Here you see a huge list of applications. And they all start at boot. Review the entire list carefully. Uncheck the boxes for those utilities that you do not need at startup. Then save your changes and be sure to restart your computer. The OS should boot many times faster.

Tip: If you've accidentally disabled some required utility, don't worry! Just go back and check the boxes where you want.

Section "Startup".

Go to the Start menu, and then "All Programs" and find "Startup".

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The programs contained there are loaded at startup. If you delete it from this folder, then it will not automatically open. Just bring up the context menu and click the "Delete" item.

How to disable autostart through the registry?

This is the hardest way. It is better not to do anything in the registry, as it is possible to disrupt the operation of the computer if you do something wrong. So, open the Start Menu. Below, in the search box, enter regedit.


Then find the two Run sections. In the screenshot, you can see the full paths. One of them is responsible for automatic launch for the current user, and the other for all users.

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Go there and simply remove the components of those utilities that you do not need.


Programs to disable autorun

There is a utility called Autoruns, which is quite powerful. In it you can find absolutely all applications that start at boot.

You can download it from this official site:

Then unzip the archive and run the utility. This is how it looks:


Go to the Everything tab. This means that there are collected programs that automatically open on your computer. After that, uncheck the boxes next to those that you want to disable at startup.

CCleaner utility.

This utility is convenient in that, in addition to disabling autorun, it can also remove any garbage from the computer, making it still productive.

You can download it from this site:

Select the required setting. If you do not know which one to choose, then choose the first one.


Install and run it. Next, go to the Service tab, and then Autostart.

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Disable unnecessary utilities, and they will no longer bother you the next time you start.

In this way, you can easily and simply disable any program from autorun. The following methods will be discussed for other versions of Windows.

How to disable startup programs in Windows 8

Through the system partition.

Hold down keys such as Win + R.

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This window will open. Enter shell: startup, then click OK.

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This is where the applications of the current user are stored.

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And if you want to open it for all users, then enter shell: common startup.

shell common startup

Now just click on any of the folders you don't need at startup and delete it.

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Through the Task Manager

In the following versions of operating systems, automatic start is not in the MSConfig utility, but in the Task Manager. Call the context menu on the control panel with the mouse and select the item you need.

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Go to the Startup tab.

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Select the unnecessary application and click on the "Disable" button.

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Through the register

Hold down keys such as Win + R. This will open this window. Enter the name regedit, then click OK.

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Next, you should find these Run sections, which are in two folders. In the screenshot, you can see the entire path.

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In them, you simply remove the components of unnecessary applications.

Through the scheduler

Hold down keys such as Win + R. This will open this window. Enter the name taskschd.msc, then click OK.


Each utility, including the malicious one, prescribes the start time. Go through the entire list and make any necessary changes if needed.

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How to disable startup programs in Windows 10

The methods listed for version 8 are suitable for this operating system. Even the location of the folders in the registry is the same.

Tip: use any method other than the registry. Important data is stored there, which is very easy to damage. If you don't understand the registry well, it's better not to even go there.

Thus, now no unnecessary applications will interfere with the computer's boot. Just do not disable all utilities in a row. Of these, some are extremely important for the full operation of a campaign.

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