How To Successfully Prevent Users From Disabling Startup Apps In Windows 10


You can set your most used apps to launch when you boot Windows. Some apps will ask that you enable them to start when you boot into your system. Users have complete control over which apps launch at start-up and for good circumstances. The only issue is that too many apps slow down the system startup. In Windows 10, you can disable apps slowing down startup through the Task Manager. There is a dedicated Startup tab that shows you the apps that launch at startup and the amount of a toll they take. Obviously, not all apps should be disabled e.g. an antivirus. There’s a basic approach to prevent users from disabling startup apps in Windows 10.

The Local And Global Startup Folder

There are two types of startup folders; a global and a local startup folder. There’s a local startup folder for each user. The apps that a user launches when they sign in will be in this folder. The global startup folder contains apps that will launch at startup for all users. The trick here about this folder is that not every person can add and remove apps from it. Only an administrator can. Preventing users from disabling startup apps in Windows 10, you have to add those apps to the global startup folder.

Prevent Users From Disabling Startup Apps

Open the run dialog via the Win+R keyboard shortcut and paste the following code.

shell:common startup

The global startup folder will open. In the event that you aren’t signed in through the Administrator account, you will either need to enter the password for the account when you open this folder or when you paste an app shortcut in it.

That is all you have to do; paste an app shortcut here and the app will launch at startup. Whenever a non-administrator user goes to the Startup tab in Task Manager, the option to disable the app will turn grey. Non-administrator users can’t get to the global startup folder unless they have the administrator password so there’s no harm that a user will just remove the app manually as opposed to going to the Task Manager.

This will obviously apply to all users and not only one particular user. There is, unfortunately, no easy way to prevent only a single user from disabling a startup app. If you have to set an app to start up at boot for all users, it’s a smart thought to ensure it doesn’t take too much of a toll on the system at startup.


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