Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

No doubt, it can be useful to start some applications and programs with the autostart function at the same time as the computer is booting up. Finally, there are programs that you always use anyway. Sometimes applications creep into this process that are not wanted there at all. This can happen, for example, if an installation is carried out too quickly or the PC has been lavishly equipped with services by the dealer. However, we show you how you can remove annoying programs from the autostart under windows 11.

1. Possibility: this is how easy it is to remove programs from the autostart under windows 11 via the taskmanager

The access to many options and features has changed in comparison to windows 10 under windows 11. The autostart function is more or less unaffected. This means that you will find the settings where they were for the most part already to be found in the previous version of the operating system. So if you want to remove programs from the car startup, do the following:

  1. ÖFirst open the taskmanager. A small drawback at this point, you can’t open it under windows 11 with a right click on the taskbar anymore. But of course there are many ways of doing this. For example, instead of clicking on the taskbar, you can right-click on the start icon (window icon) in the taskbar and then navigate to the taskmanager.

  1. Now you will usually only see a small overview of running apps. Therefore click on more details.

  1. in the current view there are several tabs under the top menu ribbon. Click on car start.

  1. Select now with a simple click the program from the list, which you don’t want to have in the autostart anymore. If this is marked, you can make your selection with the deactivate-confirm button at the bottom right of the window. Alternatively, you can simply right-click on the unwanted service and select it from the context menu disable. Done!

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

2. Possibility: this is how you can easily remove programs from the autostart under windows 11 via the system settings

Also in windows 11 there is the possibility to disable services that are in autostart via the way of system settings respectively. To activate. Of course, this is also relatively simple:

  1. Öopen the system settings. Of course there are many ways how to get there. For example, click with the left mouse button on the windows-icon (start icon) in the taskbar and open the settings.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

  1. Navigate in the left side menu to the menu item apps and then click on autostart.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

  1. Now you can use the slider to select which apps are to be run directly at system startup and which not. in addition windows gives you a hint, to what extent the respective application has an effect on the loading time at system startup. This can be advantageous especially for slow computers.

3. Option: how to remove programs from the windows 11 autostart via the registry

if you want to configure autostart entries for all users of the computer, for example, you can disable them via the registry. However, we advise you to be a little careful in this environment:

  1. ÖOpen the registry under windows 11 by pressing the key combination [windows-key]+R press. Enter the command regedit and click on OK.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

  1. If you want to change the autostart entries of the user you are currently logged in to, navigate in the left tree structure to the folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER. If you want to configure the autostart entries of all users of the computer, click on the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (like in our example).
  2. Follow the tree structure using the following path (alternatively, you can also copy&paste the path to the program) paste into the address line of the registry editor):
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run
  3. click with the right mouse button on the free space in the folder. Navigate from new to string.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

  1. Now name the entry as you like. Make sure that you can recognize it at any time if necessary.

  1. Now you have created a new registry entry. double click on it to assign a value to it. In the field for the value you now enter the path, where the executable file of the desired program is located.

addition: if you don’t know the path of the program, search for it in the system. This can be done very easily by using the windows search for example. In our example we simply use the task-manager. Click in the taskbar on the search (magnifying glass symbol) and type task-manager or. Enter the program whose path you are searching for. Click with the right mouse button on the app and navigate to open file location.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

Now open the path, at the end of which the executable file is stored.

Right-click on the app and then click on copy as path. This will land in your clipboard.

Paste it into the field value and confirm your action with OK.

Do not restart open programs after reboot

Surely you don’t always think about deactivating all programs when shutting down the computer close. Therefore, it is possible that when the PC starts up again, the software that was not closed will be reopened at startup. this may affect the speed of your computer- at least at startup. This way you can prevent open programs from starting again after reboot:

  1. Navigate to the system settings of windows 11, for example by clicking on the windows icon in the taskbar and then on settings click.

  1. First click on the menu item accounts in the left side menu and afterwards to login options.

  1. Under the item additional settings you will find the option my apps that can be restarted, automatically save and restart when i log on again. By slider you can now determine whether apps that were active when logging off or shutting down, when logging on or. should be executed again at system startup.

Consider task planning

As a rule, the problem should be solved with the above mentioned means. But as we know, exceptions prove the rule. There is one more option: take a look at the task list.

  1. The easiest way to get there is to use the search function of windows 11 and search for task scheduling search.

  1. If you have opened these, click in the left sidebar on task library. Now you can check in the middle segment if the unwanted program is started for example by a trigger. If it is there, simply mark it and finally click on delete.

Windows 11 autostart: remove applications and programs from autostart

If all this does not help: autoruns for windows

Microsoft provides a tool in the sysinternals section, which you can use to get even closer to the unwanted program. We are talking about autoruns for windows. However, the tool is more recommended for advanced users, because the app really lists all the services that are started at system startup. Among them are also necessary functions, which are essential. However, if you dare to take this step, we advise you to exercise the utmost caution. In addition, it can be useful to make a back-up (for example with acronis) or at least set a system restore point before you start using the tool. Otherwise we hope that we could help you with your problem.

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