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Speed ​​up your Windows PC with this 60-second tuning trick

have time? Let’s add some extra life to your Windows PC by preventing it from launching unnecessary applications at startup.

Streamlining your startup process will of course result in faster startup times, but it can also help declutter your taskbar or menu bar while freeing up space for programs you rarely use processing power. (If you’re still using a mechanical hard drive, an SSD will also dramatically improve Windows boot times.)

You don’t even need an expensive system cleaning app to do this brief PC repair. Just a quick visit to your Windows Settings menu, where you can decide which applications to launch immediately. Here’s how to disable startup applications:

    In Windows 10 or 11, click the Start menu and select Settings icon.

  • Go to Apps> Launch.
  • Uncheck any applications that you don’t need when your computer starts up.
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Windows 10 startup menuWindows 10 startup menuJared Newman/Foundry Which startup applications should you disable?

If you need help deciding which apps to disable , look for ones that don’t need to be running in the background all the time. Those marked “High Impact” are especially good to disable, as they are most likely to slow down your PC at startup.

In my case, I’ve disabled Slack, Microsoft Edge, and Logitech’s Options software, which I don’t care about running as soon as my PC starts up. (This does mean that I won’t get any Slack desktop notifications until I actually launch the app, but that’s okay. Slack’s mobile app will still notify me of anything important.) Even if a program isn’t registered as “high-impact” force”, you can still disable it if you don’t need it to run right away.

Instead, I allow certain apps to run at startup, because they need to be running in the background every moment. For example, I use AutoDarkMode to automatically switch between Windows light and dark themes, f.lux to adjust screen tint, and Beeftext for text shortcuts. I want these programs to be available out of the box and have them enabled regardless of their impact on performance.

Of course, none of these options are permanent. If you want to change the app’s startup behavior, just go back to Settings> Apps> Startup and toggle it on or off again.

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Jared Newman has been helping people understand working in tech For over a decade, he has written for PCWorld, TechHive, and elsewhere. He also publishes two newsletters, The Advisor for simple tech advice and the Cord Cutter Weekly for saving money on TV services.

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