How to Stop Steam from Opening on Startup

If you want to know how to stop steam from opening on startup, continue reading! However, do note that disabling steam from opening on startup will shorten the startup time of your PC. How then, do you go about doing that?

How to Stop Steam from Opening on Startup

How to Stop Steam from Opening on Startup

When you install Steam on your computer, the app is set to launch automatically upon boot.

After booting up, your PC will use CPU power to load the app. This can cause your computer to slow down, especially if you do not intend to use steam.

However, there are benefits and drawbacks to having Steam run on startup, and this handy guide will teach you everything you need to know. Here’s how to prevent Steam from opening on startup:

Meanwhile, there are actually two methods to do this: through the Steam app itself, and via your task manager in the “startup” tab. However, we will show you both methods.

Method 1: Using the Steam Client

If you already have the Steam client open and want to do this quickly, follow these steps and you should be done in less than a minute.

  • Open Steam (skip if you are already in the app).
  • Then, navigate to “Steam” in the top left corner and click on it, then on “Settings”.
  • Once you open the settings menu, click on “Interface” to find the option you’re looking for.
  • Then, the final step is to uncheck the box that says “Run Steam when my computer starts”, then click “OK” at the bottom.

Method 2: Using Windows Task Manager

This method requires accessing the Task Manager on Windows and disabling Steam from the “startup” section. Here’s how:

  • Right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager”.
  • Then, click on the “Startup” tab in your Task Manager window.
  • You’ll find the Steam app and right-click it. Choose “Disable”.
  • Then, you can restart your PC and Steam will no longer run automatically when your system boots up.

Now that you know how to turn this feature off, we’ll look at reasons why you might want to leave it on instead.


Pros and Cons of Leaving this Setting On/Off

Pros and Cons of Leaving this Setting On/Off

Some people use their PC purely for gaming purposes. This is especially common in people who have separate computers for work and for play.

Streamers, for example, often have separate PC for gaming. They can save time by allowing Steam to open on startup instead of manually doing so every time they want to play a game.

However, if this applies to you, you might want to leave it enabled. On the other hand, if you occasionally play video games, needing to manually close Steam when you want to dedicate all your PC’s processing power to work can be annoying.

If this applies to you, it’s worth disabling it, especially when Steam usually opens quickly.

Meanwhile, Steam is automatically set to “load on startup” upon installation. Many users are unsure how to disable it when they want to achieve quicker startup times on their systems.

Disabling Steam Services on Windows 10

While the steps above should stop Steam from opening up automatically when you boot up your Windows PC, you can make sure that Steam doesn’t run by disabling certain Steam services.

In particular, the Steam Client Bootstrapper service (also known as Steam Client Service) is required for this feature to work. By disabling this service, you can stop Steam from opening when you boot up your PC.

However, this may override other related settings, including the boot-up setting demonstrated above, and then, disabling this service can cause other Steam issues in the long run.

Finally, if Steam doesn’t open or won’t update properly after disabling the Steam service, you may need to repeat the steps to restore and re-enable it to resolve any issues.

Meanwhile, this guide has shown you two different methods on how to stop Steam from opening on startup. Both of these are easy to use even if you are unfamiliar with Steam.

CSN Team.

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