Microsoft Windows 10 Will Now Warn About Apps Autostart Setting During Installation To Stop System Slowdown

Microsoft Windows Operating System has always allowed apps to trigger an automatic start at system boot. However, quite a few applications have a negative impact not only on the startup process but also on the overall performance. Microsoft Windows 10 Latest Insider Preview Build for Windows Insider Participants includes a new feature that warns users about apps seeking to “autostart” during the booting process.

Windows 10 OS has always allowed apps to start up automatically when users turn on their computers. Windows OS has had the ability to run certain applications automatically after the computer starts, for a long time. However, quite a few of these so-called autostart apps can affect performance. Hence, Microsoft is now showing warnings to users.

Microsoft Windows 10 Notification Will Include Warnings That Notify Users About Apps Added To Startup Apps List:

Popular Windows programs such as OneDrive, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Spotify, etc. have had the ability to start running in the background when users log into the operating system. While a few Microsoft apps have had the exclusive and autonomous ability to insert themselves in the Startup Apps list, nearly every app that wanted to start alongside Windows OS, could do so.

Incidentally, Microsoft does offer users complete control over the apps that autostart with Windows boot. Still, to date, the most limiting aspect of the Windows 10 Startup apps feature was that the apps were added to the list automatically. Needless to mention, as users intentionally or unintentionally add several apps to the list, the PC’s performance can get affected negatively.

Hence, Microsoft is working on a new feature that will alert users when apps are added to the Startup apps list. The feature was included inside the recent Windows 10 21H1 preview builds. It essentially highlights an effort to keep users more informed about background activities.

How Does The Startup Apps List Notification Feature Work To Reduce Boot Time And Improve Performance Of Windows 10?

Microsoft Windows 10 21H1 Feature Update includes the new warning that alerts PC users about any app that wants to add itself to the Autostart App List. The Toast Notification is visible after installing any app with autostart requirements. The warning mentions the app is configured to start when the user logs on. If acceptable, users can close the warning.

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Clicking on the notification takes users to the Start Apps list. Here users can switch off the Autostart behavior of the app. The warning is quite important as it ensures the PC isn’t bogged down by apps that start alongside Windows 10 OS. While modern-day SSDs can boot Windows 10 quickly, autostarting apps can delay the process significantly. A large number of apps starting with Windows 10 also use RAM and CPU resources.

If Microsoft does decide to include the feature in a future stable and final release of Windows 10 21H1 Feature Update, it could arrive sometime next year. Until then, users are recommended to visit “Autostart” in the task manager and review all the apps listed. Users can choose to disable or enable the Autostart permission.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.