There are some apps that automatically launch whenever you start or restart your PC. These apps even run in the background the whole time even if you are not using them.

The automatic startup of the apps upon the boot of your PC may slow down the booting process of your PC. Many times the automatic startup becomes handy as you have to use these apps on your PC every time you boot your PC. But your PC requires more time to start up as it has to launch all the apps in the background.

These days many people use laptops for their work and these apps running in the background affect the battery life of your laptop. They also cause the performance to slow down as your laptop or PC has to run all the apps in the background even if they are not essential.

Luckily, many applications have the option within them through which you can disable the automatic startup at the boot or even disable the “run in the background” option.

In this article, we will be giving details to find out which apps are consuming the most resources on your PC/laptop. Which apps are constantly running in the background and how you can disable them. And also we are giving you the guide to disable the automatic startup of the apps upon the boot of your PC. Most systems run on Windows 1o these days and the steps mentioned in this article were tested on Windows 10 but these steps can be applied also on windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The process and steps may change in the official release of the upcoming Windows 11.

The first step is to right-click on anywhere in the blank space on your taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the list of options. You can also use the Keyboard short “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to open Task Manager.

When you open the Task Manager, click on “More Details” to get more information about the apps.

Click on the “Startup” from the top menu options.


Here you will see two columns “Status” and “Startup Impact”.

These columns display which apps automatically start when the PC boots and how much it has an impact on the PC performance.

You can choose which apps you want to run automatically and which you don’t want.

If you don’t want apps to start automatically then “Right Click” on the app and select “Disable”. You can also select the app and click on “Disable” at the bottom of the Task Manager.

The Startup Impact will show that how much these apps have an impact on the startup of your PC. If it shows high then these apps have a high impact on the PC performance and startup.

The Status Impact will have the following four categories:

  • High: High-Status Impact means the app is using 3MB of  Disk or the app is using 1000ms of processing power.
  • Medium: Medium means the app is using a disk between 300KB to 3MB or 300ms to 1000ms processing power.
  • Low: This means the app is using less than 300KB of disk or 300ms of processing power.
  • Not Measured: It means windows hasn’t calculated the performance impact of this app.

Once you disabled the unnecessary apps, you will notice the boot time of the PC improved when you boot the PC again.

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