Windows 10 brings options to manage Startup apps to Settings

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, 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 configure apps at startup on Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4), 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)

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 version 1803, which is expected to rollout in 2018.