When installing Steam on your computer, the app is set to open automatically on startup.
Your PC will use CPU power to load the app immediately after booting up. This can slow down your computer, particularly when you don’t intend to use Steam.
There are pros and cons to having Steam set to run on startup, and you will find all you need to know on the topic in this handy guide.
Here’s how to prevent Steam from opening on startup:
There are actually two methods to do this: through the Steam app itself, and via your task manager in the “startup” tab
We will show you both methods.
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Method 1: Using The Steam Client
If you already have the Steam client open and want to do this quickly, follow these steps and you should be done in less than a minute.
- Open Steam (skip if you are already in the app).
- Navigate to “Steam” in the top left corner and click on it, then on “Settings”.
- Once you open the settings menu, click on “Interface” to find the option you’re looking for.
- The final step is to uncheck the box that says “Run Steam when my computer starts”, then click “OK” at the bottom.
Method 2: Using Windows Task Manager
This method requires accessing the Task Manager on Windows and disabling Steam from the “startup” section. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager”.
- Select the “Startup” tab in your Task Manager window.
- Find the Steam app and right-click it. Choose “Disable”.
Restart your PC and Steam will no longer run automatically when your system boots up.
Now that you know how to turn this feature off, we’ll look at reasons that you might want to leave it on instead.
Pros and Cons of Leaving This Setting On/Off
Some people use their PC purely for gaming purposes. This is especially common in people who have separate computers for work and for play.
Streamers, for example, often have a separate PC for gaming. They can save time by allowing Steam to open on startup instead of manually doing so every time they want to play a game. If this applies to you, you might want to leave it enabled.
On the other hand, if you occasionally play video games, needing to manually close Steam when you want to dedicate all your PC’s processing power to work can be annoying. If this applies to you, it’s worth disabling it, especially when Steam usually opens quickly.
Steam is automatically set to “load on startup” upon installation. Many users are unsure how to disable it when they want to achieve quicker startup times on their systems.
This guide showed you two different methods, both of which are easy to use even if you are unfamiliar with Steam.