You need to Disable Startup Programs to increase your laptop or computer’s boot time. Disabling startup programs that are heavy in nature increases the amount of time your computer takes to boot from a total shutdown which is also known as a Cold Boot.
Some softwares after getting installed automatically start running in the background of your computer. Some have the courtesy of telling you or giving you the option of choosing if the software should start up with your computer or not while others after installation silently run in the background, using system resources and ultimatly makes the computer slow.
It’s not like all programs or softwares running in the background are bad for the computer, No! The problem is when you install a bunch of programs you don’t use on a daily basis, there is no reason why you should allow that program to start up with your computer. Simple principle of simplicity to keep the computer fast and optimized.
The way to disable start up programs is located within the Windows Task Manager and for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users, it is easy to locate and run the Task Manager but if you are running Windows 7 – disabling start up programs is a bit tricky and technical and it can’t be disabled through the Task Manager.
How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10
This guide also works for Windows 8 & 8.1 because the Windows’ user interface are similar.
#1. Locate & Run Task Manager
There are a total of 6 ways that i know of the locate and run the Task Manager tool.
- On of the ways of locating and running Task Manager is to Right-Click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the pop-up window
- Press Start key or Windows Key and search for “Task Manager”. Select Task Manager when it appears.
- Press the Keyboard Shortcut (Windows Key + X) to access the Power User Access
- Press Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut to start the RUN tool. Type “taskmgr” and press Enter.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut to instantly open the Task Manager tool.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard shortcut and select Task Manager. This is the most popular method.
#2. Launching the Task Manager
Good, we just located the Task Manager. Let’s launch it now. If this is your first time of using the Task Manager, it would open up in a compact mini view. To view all the tabs and features of the Task Manager, Click on More details at the left bottom of the window.
The full Task Manager view opens, quickly click on the Startup tab to bring out the windows start up options.
#3. Disable Startup Programs
We are in the most important part of this guide, here you can see the list of all the start up programs, manufacturers, status and start up impact. To disable startup programs, Right click on the program and click Disable or click on the program and at the bottom of the window, click on Disable. Both ways works well.
I strongly suggest disabling any start up program with a high start up impact because it has a very high impact on your startup speed. Disabling them should be our first priority.
PLEASE NOTE: Before you disable any program, make sure it’s not a system program that is compulsory for startup. I would give you a list of compulsory programs you shouldn’t disable.
Compulsory Startup Programs
These programs from my experience shouldn’t be disable because they play an important role in your computer. You need all module programs because they are intel programs, Realtek is for audio while defender is your antivirus.
- Persistence Module
- Hkcmd Module
- IgfxTray Module
- Realtek Audio
- Windows Defender or your Antivirus programs
Reboot your computer for changes to take effect.