How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup

Steam is a great and popular platform amongst gamers. Looking at the current state of the platform, anyone would say it’s been the most successful game store in the world. With a Steam account, you will be able to purchase games and even play games with friends online. Steam, however, does things like most other programs, start-up right away as and when your system boots up. It is because Steam gets installed with the open on startup option ticked. Here is a guide on how to disable Steam from opening on startup.

For some people having apps running at startup can be a headache. Especially when you have two or three enabled to launch at startup. Does it impact your overall system boot time? Yes, it does affect more for those on slower PCs equipped with an HDD. Sometimes, it’s best to disable apps from running at startup just for that peace of mind and keep things minimal. So if you are someone who wishes to disable Steam from running at startup, read on to know more.

How to Stop Steam from Opening on Startup

There are three simple and easy ways that you can follow to disable Steam from running at startup. These methods are easy to follow and should not take more than 2 minutes of your time. You do not need any third-party software to disable Steam from running at system startup.

Method 1: Stop Steam from Running at Startup via Steam

  1. Open Steam and make sure are on the latest version of the program.
  2. If you are required to sign in with your credentials, do it. 
  3. With Steam running click on the Steam menu that is at the top left corner of your screen.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the Settings option.
  5. The Settings window will now open and will show you a list of various options.
  6. You need to select the Interface option that is on the left side of the window.
  7. On the right side, you will see an option that stays Run Steam When My Computer Starts.
    How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup
  8. Just uncheck the box and click on the OK button.
  9. Steam will no longer run when your system starts.

Method 2: Stop Steam from Running at Startup via Settings App

  1. Pull up the Start Menu and click on the Settings app icon.
  2. Now that the Settings is open, click on Apps from the left panel.
  3. With the Apps page open, click on the Startup option.
    How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup
  4. You will now be shown a list of startup apps. It will display apps that are enabled or disabled during startup.
  5. Scroll through the list of apps till you find Steam.
    How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup
  6. When you do find it, simply click on the toggle that is at the right and switch it off.
  7. You have now disabled Steam from opening right away during startup.

Method 3: Stop Steam from Running at Startup via Task Manager

This is one of the best and most popular ways of disabling almost every startup app on a Windows PC. The Task Manager will also show you whether the app’s startup behavior has had a major impact or not concerning your system booting up. Here is how you disable Steam from running at startup via the Task Manager.

  1. To open the Task manager, simply use this shortcut key combination – Ctrl+Shift+Escape.
  2. When you press all three keys together, the Task Manager should show up right away.
  3. Now go ahead and click on the Startup tab.
    How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup
  4. You will see a list of all the enabled and disabled apps as well as any impact if they had when you start your system.
  5. The boot-up time of your system will also be shown to you.
  6. Scroll through the list and select Steam. Then Right-click it to bring the context menu.
    How to Stop Steam from opening on Startup
  7. You will see the Disable option. Select it.
  8. With Steam disabled, it will no longer run during the startup of your system.

And these are the three ways that you can follow to stop Steam from opening on Startup. The good thing here is if you have disabled Steam to run during Startup using any of the above methods, you do not need to follow other methods. Once you have it disabled one way, you are good to go. Which one of these ways has been the best way for you to disable any running apps during startup? Let us know about it in the comments.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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