If you’re worried your system has gone slow and your boot process takes longer then it did before. Don’t worry we’ve got your back! I’ll show you how to add and remove programs from the Windows 10 Startup folder as this directly affects your boot speed and system performance.
Remember, the more apps you install on your computer the more time your Windows will take to start. This is because each app takes a small space, that is loaded into the main memory when the computer starts its boot process.
Hence a large number of start-up programs would effectively increase the time taken by the boot process and vice versa. That being said, Don’t overload your computer with unnecessary start-up applications.
Let me show you how to remove unnecessary programs from your Windows Startup.
- Removing programs from your Windows 10 Startup.
- Adding programs into your Windows 10 startup
- Programs you should add or remove from your Windows startup.
Removing programs from your Windows 10 Startup.
1. Windows+R Command
This is applicable for all Windows 8.0, 8.1, and Windows 10. First, Press Windows+R and open run command. You can also open run command by typing ‘run’ in the search menu. Once you’ve opened the run command type in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp and press enter.
A new window will open where various startup programs will appear. Right-click on the unwanted application and delete it. Once deleted, the application will move to the recycle bin. Remember to delete the program from the recycle bin as well.
2. The best method for disabling Startup programs)
- This method is probably the simplest way to disable your start programs. Go to the search menu and type “taskbar”. You can also use “CTRL+ALT+DELETE” and choose Taskbar in the dropdown menu.
- Now, Click “StartUp” and disable programs that you find unnecessary and space consuming.
- Also, note that this is among the few places in a Windows where you always get the original file location for a specific program.
- File locations from other areas ( such as menu bar) often take you to program shortcuts instead of the original file. For opening the location of a file, right-click on the program and choose the File location.
Now, let’s move forward to the part where we add programs into our start-up folder.
Adding programs into your Windows 10 startup
Simple. Open your Windows 10 start-up folder by typing shell:startup in the run command.
Now, let’s suppose I want an application named “Discord” to be a part of my windows start-up. What I’ll do is
- First, Create its shortcut on the desktop.
- From there, I’ll drag the shortcut into the startup folder.
I’ve elaborated it further in the screenshots below:
Simply drag the shortcut into the folder.
Done! You’ve successfully added the program into your windows startup.
Programs you should add or remove from your Windows startup.
Windows automatically loads essential programs when it boots up. You can neither alter these programs nor do you need to.
What you can do is alter the installed programs installed by the user itself. Users can either add or remove these programs from the Windows 10 Startup, as discussed earlier.
But which programs to add and which to remove? Following is a list of programs that need or need not be a part of your Windows 10 Startup process.
Software/Programs that should be a part of your windows startup:
- Antivirus programs and Firewalls Every Windows has its own stockpile of software to protect computers against potential malware. Make sure these programs are a part of your windows Startup as they play a crucial role in keeping your computer safe from various viruses.
- Backup Programs: Backup programs should also be part of your Startup folder. They create regular backups so that important data may be retrieved if the system crashes.
- Applications and programs used on a regular basis: Other Programs that you’ll want to have in your Startup are the ones that you use frequently. They can range from various Email managing programs to your often-read sticky notes.
Software and programs that should be removed from your startup:
Any program that does not serve an important purpose in your Windows should be removed from your Startup. These generally include:
- Adobe applications ( Adobe Reader, etc.)
- Apple applications ( Quick time, etc.)
- In-Game chat clients ( Steam, etc).