A computer that takes a lot of time to boot is one of the most annoying things Windows users face.There can be many reasons for a computer to start slowly; one of the main reasons for a slow start is that there are too many programs and services running after Windows 10 or 11 loads.
Let's take a closer look at some common startup programs that slow Windows startup, and how you can safely disable them.Additionally, we'll look at how to manage startup programs, and how to determine which programs should or shouldn't be allowed to start.The guidelines below apply to both Windows 10 and 11.
Why disable startup programs?
If your computer keeps booting slowly, you probably have too many programs and services trying to start at the same time.But you don't have any launchers configured, so how do they get in?
Normally, programs automatically add themselves to the list of startup programs.Having too many startup programs can overload your system and prevent it from starting quickly.It's always a good idea to pay attention to the startup programs list when installing software, and to remove bloated software regularly.
However, some programs and services are required for your computer to function and should be allowed as startup programs.
Common startup programs and services
1. iTunes Assistant
If you have an Apple device (iPod, iPhone, etc.), this process automatically launches iTunes when the device is connected to the computer.This is an unwanted process because you can manually launch iTunes when you want, and it's especially unnecessary if you don't have an Apple device at all.
QuickTime allows you to play and open various media files.This program is often required to view web content, especially videos.But why does it need to "start"?Short answer: it doesn't need to.
While we all love Zoom, there's no need to use it as a launcher when you can manually launch it on demand to join a meeting.Also, disabling it at startup doesn't affect Zoom's updates.
4. Adobe Reader
you probably knowAdobe Readeris a popular PDF reader on your computer.Although you probably don't need it, Adobe Reader is still the program of choice for many.Why it needs to start automatically is beyond our comprehension.
Skype is an excellent video chat program, there's no arguing.However, do you need to start and log in as soon as you log into Windows?Maybe not.
6. Google Chrome
Did you know that to keep Google Chrome updated and up-to-date, you don't need to start it and its other services?All it does at startup is consume precious system resources that your system can use to speed up startup.
7. Spotify Web Assistant
Spotify is a great way to discover new music, and with the new Spotify web player, you don't even need to install it.However, if you have it installed, you may find this applet on startup.
It just allows the Spotify desktop app to communicate with your browser.When clicking on a Spotify song somewhere on the web, it automatically opens in the desktop app.Is this feature worth the burden on your startup time?The answer may be no.
8. CyberLink YouCam
If you have a webcam, chances are your software will have CyberLink's YouCam.Therefore, the manufacturer believes that it should start automatically.So, what does it do at startup?Nothing but adding unwanted processes.
9. Evernote Clipper
While we're huge fans of Evernote, the Web Clipper is pretty awesome too.However, it's always puzzling why it was added to the startup program.You can easily disable it and you won't have any problems.
10. Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office is the most well-known office suite.But how does it benefit you at startup?If you disable it, can you still open any files?Yes.Can you start any programs manually?Yes.Are there any features you can't take advantage of?No.Allowing it to boot is just a burden on your system.
Remember, this also applies to any alternative office suite.
Manage your startup programs and services
System Configuration is a great local tool for managing launched applications and services.You can start it by typing MSConfig in the start menu search bar and selecting the best match.
Alternatively, press Win + R to open the Run dialog, type msconfig, and press Enter.
As a Windows user, you'll also notice that the Startup tab in System Configuration no longer lists startup applications.Instead, there's a link to the "Startup" tab in Task Manager, which you can also get by right-clicking on the Windows taskbar or using the Ctrl+Shift+Esc hotkey combination.
After viewing the Startup tab, you can sort projects by name, publisher, status (enabled/disabled), and startup impact (high, medium, low).
It seems that to prevent the services from starting, you still have to uncheck them in the system configuration, because stopping them in the task manager only stops them at that point, and they start again when the system reboots.
to keep or not to keep
The above list is limited to typical applications and services you should remove if you have them installed on your computer.You may have more or fewer programs, it's up to you.
Advice on what you should allow to start
We've listed some guidelines to help you determine which startup programs and services your system should allow:
1. Leave nothing to do with your antivirus software (like Avast, Avira, etc.).
2. Audio, wireless, touchpad (for laptops) services, drivers and applications should not be disabled.
3. Carefully disable Microsoft services.
4. Graphics services and display drivers from Intel, AMD and Nvidia should generally be allowed as startup applications.
5. Cloud sync programs, such as Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, etc., should start.
6. Any program you want to run automatically does not require your permission.
If you're still curious about some programs you should let start, other than those mentioned in this article, it's always a good idea to google what the program is for and whether it should be specifically disabled.
Website to help with the evaluation process
Due to constant changes in technology, one cannot rely on a single article to determine what all the non-essential startup items are.Even with the given guidelines, sometimes a service or program cannot be identified, or the description is vague.
For these, you'll need to turn to websites that have databases of applications and services that show what they are, who made them, and whether they're necessary for your computer to function properly.Below is a list of recommended sites:
Speed up your PC by disabling startup programs
In any case, you need to understand that removing services and programs from startup is risky.While many programs are not required, many are.If you delete something critical to your computer's startup, there can be serious consequences.So, when terminating the startup of each service and program, you must understand exactly how important it is.
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