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How do I temporarily remove or disable programs that automatically start when my computer is rebooted?

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Temporarily remove or disable Terminate-and-Stay-Resident (TSR) programs that automatically start when the computer is rebooted.

  • To temporarily remove TSR from memory and currently running programs in Windows 7: press Ctrl+Alt+Del, click the Task Manager option, select the program that you want to end, and click End Task*It is recommended that you only end programs that you  know.​​
  • To temporarily remove TSR from memory and currently running programs in Windows 8: press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click the Task Manager option or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager directly. Click the Processes tab, select the program that you want to end, and click the End Task button.

Keep in mind that some of the programs may not be removed on the first attempt, continue to the next program. When you are attempting to end a programs task, you may see a message the says "This program is not responding", click End task. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del twice in a row, will reboot your computer. All of the items that are removing will come back when your computer is rebooted unless you permanently remove them. 

Disabling TSRs from Loading Automatically after a Reboot

It can be a hassle to end an application from running every time you use your computer because it is slow. If you decide that you don't want the program to run unless you need to use it, you may want to disable it from the starting automatically after a reboot. 

Windows 8 or 10 users: 

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click Task Manager option or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager directly.
  • Click the Startup tab
  • Select the program you want to stop loading automatically at startup, and click Disable.

Windows 7 users: 

  • Click Start
  • Click Programs
  • Click Startup
  • Right-click and delete the file which you do not want to start automatically.