How To Stop Steam From Opening On Startup

Speed up your PC startup time by disabling Steam from opening on Startup. How do you do that? Easy! Here is how to stop Steam from opening on startup.

Upon installing Steam on your computer, the app is automatically set to open on Startup.

This means your PC will use more CPU power to load the app immediately after booting up, which is not something all users prefer.

There are pros and cons of having Steam set to run at startup, and you’ll find all you need to know on this topic in the article below.

But first, here’s how to stop Steam from opening on Startup:

There are two methods to do this, one through the Steam app itself, and one through your task manager in the “startup” tab

Let’s take a look.

Method 1

If you are already in the Steam app and you want to do this as quickly as possible, follow these steps, and you’ll be done in less than a minute.

  1. Load up Steam (skip if you are already in the app).
  2. Navigate to “Steam” in the top left corner and click on it. Click on “Settings” afterward.
  3. After you get into the settings section of Steam, click on “Interface” to find the option you’re looking for.
  4. The final step is to untick the box that says “Run Steam when my computer starts” and click “OK” at the bottom. Easy!

Method 2

This method includes accessing your Task Manager on Windows and disabling Steam from the “startup” section. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Right-click on your taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Select the “Startup” tab in your Task Manager menu.
  3. Locate the Steam app and right-click it. Select “Disable”.

Restart your PC and you’ll see that Steam doesn’t load up anymore after your system boots up.

Now that you’re done with this, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why users may want to leave this setting on.

Pros and Cons of Leaving This Setting On/Off

Some people use their computers strictly for gaming purposes. This is really common in people who have a separate setup for work and play.

Streamers, for example, have a separate PC for gaming, so they get to save time by allowing Steam to load up on startup instead of manually clicking it each time they want to play a video game. Leave it enabled if this is the case for you.

However, if you are a person who occasionally plays video games, having to manually turn off Steam when you want to use your PC purely for work can be a bit frustrating. Disable it if this situation applies to you.


Steam automatically sets to “load on startup” upon installing it, and most users are not sure how to disable this when they want to achieve quick boot up times on their systems.

This guide explains it in two different methods, both easy to do even if you are not very familiar with Steam.

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