Stop Windows 10 from restoring apps automatically at startup
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How to stop apps from restarting automatically at sign-in on Windows 10

Windows 10 can now restore apps from your last session after restart or shutdown, if you don't like this feature, you can disable this behaviour using these steps.

Windows 10 has a functionality that allows to use your sign-in information to automatically access your account to finish setting up your device after a quality or feature update. Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update the functionality expands to regular reboots and shutdowns when using the Start menu or other power options using other locations to speed up the sign in process.

As a result of this enhancement, Windows 10 now is capable to restore the apps you’re running in the last session automatically. Of course, as long as the app has been designed to restart automatically.

While this might be a convenient feature for many users to speed up the sign-in process and pick up where you left off more quickly, it’s not a feature for everyone. Thankfully, you can use the Settings app to stop this behavior.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to prevent apps from the last session to restart automatically every time you sign into your account.

How to prevent apps from reopening at startup automatically

To stop Windows 10 from reopening your previous running applications, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under “Privacy,” turn off the Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart toggle switch.

    Sign-in options settings on Windows 10
    Sign-in options settings on Windows 10

Once you’ve completed the steps, apps will no longer start automatically after restarting or shutting down your PC. However, after installing a quality or feature update, you’ll need to sign in to complete the setup, which could take a long time.