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You can choose which apps will start when you log in to your Windows device. The apps might show in your taskbar or elsewhere—or the apps might start behind the scenes. 

Shows an example of an app that automatically started when device started.

You can see how much impact each of the apps would have on your startup experience.

  • No Impact: Startup app is disabled.

  • Not Measured: No data available to measure the startup app, startup app is enabled.

  • Low Impact: Total CPU usage takes less than 300 milliseconds and total disk usage is less than 292 kilobytes.

  • Medium Impact: Total CPU usage takes less than 1 second but more than 300 milliseconds or total disk usage is less than 3 megabytes but more than 292 kilobytes.

  • High Impact: Total CPU usage takes more than 1 second or total disk usage is more than 3 megabytes.

Choose the apps that will run when you start your device 

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Apps > Startup.
    Open Startup settings

    Shows the Startup page in Settings, with a list of apps.

  2. For any app in the list, select the toggle to set it to On.
    Shows an On/Off toggle and arrow icon on the Startup page in Settings.

  3. If you want to change the advanced settings for that app, select the arrow and make changes as desired.

    Note: If you see the  Shows an icon that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the upper right corner. icon next to the On/Off toggle for an app, you can select it to see the registry location that contains the path for the app. Apps installed through Microsoft Store (.MSIX apps) don’t have these icons. If you select the icon for these apps, File Explorer opens and highlights the executable file.

If the app you want isn’t shown on the Startup page, see Add apps to the Startup page in Settings.


  • If you see “We couldn’t find this app” as an app title, the app could be on a network drive, or the path to the app may not exist. This sometimes happens if an app was uninstalled. You can add the app again to try to resolve the issue.

  • If you don’t see the Startup option in Settings, right-click (or select and hold) Start , select Task Manager, then select the Startup apps tab. (If you don’t see the Startup apps tab, select More details.) Right-click (or select and hold) the app you want to change, then select Enable to run it at startup or Disable so it doesn’t run.

Related topic

Add apps to the Startup page in Settings

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