How do I reduce the amount of startup programs on my PC?

1. Use the Task Manager to identify and disable unnecessary startup programs. Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Click the “Startup” tab and you will be presented with a list of startup programs. For each one, you can either click the “Disable” button or right-click and select “Disable”.

2. Use software such as CCleaner to remove unwanted startup entries. CCleaner is a free tool that can help you manage which programs run at startup. It provides an easy-to-use interface where you can quickly identify and disable unnecessary startup programs.

3. Manually delete startup entries from the Windows registry. This should only be attempted by advanced users as it is easy to damage your system by deleting the wrong keys or values. To manually remove startup entries, use the Registry Editor (Regedit) and navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. This is where Windows stores information about programs that run at startup. Right-click any entries and select “Delete” if you want to remove them from startup.