How To Disable Steam From Opening at Startup?

The automatic startup of Steam can slow your PC's startup time. Here's how to disable Steam opening at startup.

Steam continues to reinforce its massive domain in video games each day. The platform has been the best place for buying and playing games. Alongside mods, guides, and workshops, there is no doubt that Steam is an integral part of gaming around the world. While it is great to browse around the store and have a look at your library of games, having Steam open up every time on startup can slow things down on your PC.

It is important to have less number of programs running at the same time on startup. Otherwise, it will take longer for your system to get started. Here's how to make sure Steam does not open on startup.

How To Stop Steam From Running at Startup?

Most apps and software start running on startup. Instead of manually running them one by one, certain apps start running as soon as you boot up your PC. While it might be slightly more convenient for some, most users prefer manually opening their apps and programs.

1. Open Steam Settings and Disable the Feature.

Steam is also notorious for this feature. Most users do not want the platform to run on startup as it automatically starts downloading updates. This does not only slow things down on your PC, but it also affects your internet connection. But you can disable Steam from opening at startup from its settings or the Task Manager.

  • Run Steam.
  • Click on Steam at the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Navigate to the left side of the screen and click on Interface.
  • Have a look at the checkboxes and uncheck “Run Steam when my computer starts.”
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  • Click OK.

After following the steps above, Steam will not run when you start your computer. But as we mentioned earlier, there is another simple method you can try.

Disable Steam From Running at Startup From Task Manager.

You can also stop this feature of the gaming platform from the Task Manager. Follow the steps below:

  • Press and hold CTRL + ALT + DEL at the same time to open the task manager.
  • Alternatively, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the list.
  • After the manager opens, open the Startup menu and find Steam Client Bootstrapper on the list.
  • As you can see in the screenshot below, right-click on the entry and click on Disable.
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That's it. This is how you can prevent Steam from running during startup. This will allow you to run Steam anytime you want.


You can also disable other apps and software that runs immediately after you start your computer. It is possible to see the last BIOS time at the top-right corner of the window. The more programs on the list mean more startup impact. If you want to prevent apps from running after you start your PC, right-click on them and click Disable.