Temporarily disable Startup applications in Windows easily

If for some reasons, you need to only temporarily disable startup programs from starting up during boot time, you can do so easily. This worked in Windows XP Рbut does not work in later versions!


Temporarily disable Startup applications in Windows

Simply hold down the Shift key during the logon process. This will prevent Windows from starting up the programs ot shortcuts located in the following folders:

  • C\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • C\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

To disable the programs or shortcuts you must hold down the SHIFT key until the desktop icons appear. Holding down the SHIFT key is a better alternative than temporarily deleting or moving programs and shortcuts because this procedure affects only the current user session.

To use the SHIFT key to disable programs and shortcuts in startup folders, log off the computer. Now in the Welcome to Windows dialog box, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type your user name and password and then click OK. Immediately hold down the SHIFT key. The mouse cursor changes shape from a plain pointer to a pointer with an hourglass. Continue to hold down the SHIFT key until the Windows desktop icons appear and the mouse cursor stops changing shape.

This is especially useful if you need to troubleshoot Windows start-up issues or logon delays.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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