How to manage startup apps using Settings on Windows 10

Windows 10 adds new settings page to make it easier to configure which apps run at startup — Here's how to use the new settings.

Startup apps settings on Windows 10

When you have to manage which apps run at startup or after a user signs in on Windows 10, you currently need to do this using the Startup tab in Task Manager, which is an easy task but not obvious for many users.

However, this is changing with Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update), as Microsoft continues its effort to consolidate all the settings into one experience, now it’s possible to configure startup apps through the Settings app.

Of course, you can continue to use Task Manager to manage these settings, but moving forward the preferred method would be using Settings.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to quickly configure which apps are allowed to run at startup using the new options in the Settings app.

How to enable or disable apps at startup on Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update), when you notice that your computer is taking too long to start, battery life is running short, or too many apps open as you sign in, you can use the Startup page in the Settings app to control which Store and traditional (Win32) apps run at startup.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click on Startup.

  4. Turn the toggle switch on or off for the apps you want to run or disable at startup.

    Startup settings on Windows 10 (version 1803)
    Startup settings on Windows 10 (version 1803)

After completing the steps, the apps you’ve disabled will no longer run at startup.

If you’re not sure which ones to turn off, on each app in the list, you’ll notice a label letting you know how the app is impacting the startup process.

This is a feature that is available starting with Windows 10 build 17017, if you don’t see it in the Settings app, it’s because, you’re not running Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which is expected to rollout in 2018.