When applications load during startup, it’s not only annoying, it also puts additional strain on your PC. This additional strain can slow your startup process exponentially – so, choosing what loads during this time is really quite important.
It’s not just startup times either, having Steam load up every time your PC turns on can also be extremely distracting – especially if you’re now working from home like the majority now are.
Fortunately, learning how to stop Steam loading on startup couldn’t be simpler. It only requires a few simple steps and little to no technical know-how either. So, with that in mind, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!
Simply uncheck the box 'Run Steam when my computer starts'
Inside the Steam interface settings tab, you'll see a list of options. Within those options, there will be a box that says 'Run Steam When My Computer Starts'. Simply uncheck that box and click OK to confirm the action.
This will stop Steam from loading on startup, freeing your PC of any additional strain and annoyance this may create.
Click 'Startup apps' and search for the 'Steam Client Bootstrapper'
There is no search function in the startup apps, you'll have to manually scroll through the list and find 'steam client bootstrapper'. Unless your PC has hundreds of programs installed, this list shouldn't actually be that long anyway.
Once located, simply toggle the settings to off
Underneath the Steam client bootstrapper, you'll see a switch that can be toggled on and off. Simply set the client bootstrapper to not start on launch by toggling the switch. You don't have to confirm this action, simply set it to off and exit out of the Startup apps. It's really that simple.
So, there you have it, our quick little guide on how to stop Steam from starting on load up. We all do it – let our launch applications get out of control. You can get to the point where you’re loading Windows and you have to wait 10 minutes for all the applications to load!
Luckily, using this quick tutorial, you’ll not only be able to stop Steam from loading on launch up, but any other application as well!
That said, if you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to drop me a comment in the section below. Better still, why not head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything Steam-related with like-minded individuals.