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4 Easy Steps To Prevent Background Applications From Running In Windows 10

Stopping Background Apps Using Privacy Settings

As systems are becoming more and more feature rich, it has become common process to include these applications during the start up process to expedite their functionality once the system is in operation.

In theory this will create a slightly longer overhead on the system starting up, but will reduce the time it takes for the application to start – and to the developers – this may be the biggest piece.

In practice though, we all usually have multiple applications that are attempting to start at the same time, creating a start up bottleneck of sorts. Some people have reported that they have a longer time when starting up or that some applications will ‘take forever’ to start.

We have compiled a few easy steps that will assist with disabling these backup apps from running in the background and hopefully improve your initial startup speed.

How To:

Disable apps from running in the background through Privacy Settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Click on Background apps.
  4. Under the “Choose which apps can run in the background” section, turn off the toggle switch for the apps you want to restrict.
4 Easy Steps To Prevent Background Applications From Running In Windows 10

Alternatively, under the “Background Apps” section, you can turn off the Let apps in the background toggle switch to prevent any app from running in the background toggle switch. This will completely disable the background app process.

4 Easy Steps To Prevent Background Applications From Running In Windows 10

Once you’ve completed the steps, you can still use the apps normally, but when you close them, all the processes will be terminated until you launch the app again.

How to stop background apps using System settings

Alternatively, on laptops and tablets, it’s also possible to prevent apps from running in the background enabling the Battery Saver mode.

While the feature will enable automatically as the battery life drops below 20 percent, you can enable the mode manually at any time using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Battery.
  4. Under the “Battery saver” section, turn off the Battery saver status until next charge toggle switch. Quick Tip: It’s also possible to turn on Battery saver by clicking the battery icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar and clicking the Battery saver button.

After completing the steps, none of your apps will be allowed to run in the background while the feature is enabled.

These instructions only apply for apps you acquired from the Microsoft store. If you’re looking to stop classic applications from using background resources, you need to close the program manually and make sure to stop the program from running at startup.

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