If you shut down or restart Windows 10 without closing any open apps, some previously opened apps may automatically open at startup. This is a part of the Windows 10 function that restores the state of the previous operation and can be used conveniently, and it is enabled by default. If you don’t want the last opened app to open at startup, you can disable it from “Sign-in options” in Windows settings. If you can’t disable it from the sign-in options or want to disable it completely, you can do so by editing the registry. This page introduces how to disable the function to open the last opened app at startup.
Please refer to the following page for information on how to open an app that was not opened last time, but how to stop a startup app that starts automatically.
Disable the ability to open previously opened apps at startup
To prevent the previously opened apps from opening at startup, normally change the Windows settings from “Sign-in options -> Privacy” to Disabled “Off”.
If you’ve made a privacy change but it doesn’t work, you can disable it entirely by editing the registry. If a file or folder (Explorer) opens on its own at startup,
Disable in sign-in options
Click the “Windows” mark and move the mouse pointer to the place where the icon on the left is displayed, the menu will open and click “Settings”.
Click Accounts on the Windows Settings screen.
Click on “Sign-in Options” and scroll down to “Privacy” when prompted.
“Use your sign-in information to automatically finish setting up your device and reopen apps after an update or restart.
” You can stop the opened apps from opening at startup.
If “Off” does not stop the function, or if you want to completely disable the function, please refer to the next section “Editing the registry”.
Disable it completely by editing the registry
If you are not confident about the operation, please make a backup before editing and then operate the registry.
Open Registry Editor
- Right-click the “Windows” mark to display a menu, and click “Run” to open “Run”.
- Type regedit in the text box and click OK.
- Click Yes when the User Account Control warning appears.
- It will not be displayed if the User Account Control setting is set to “Never notify”. (Reference: Disable UAC
Click the “>” icon of the key name to expand it.
, then expand and click System .
Create a value for “DisableAutomaticRestartSignOn”.
Right-click the “System” registry key and hover over “New” in the menu.
When the submenu appears, click “DWORD (32-bit) Value (D)”.
A newly created value is created with the name “New Value #1”. Rename the value to ” DisableAutomaticRestartSignOn “.
After editing the registry, open the “Sign-in options” as described above. If you have already opened “Sign-in options”, please close the settings screen and open it again.
By disabling registry editing, “*Some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization.” will be displayed additionally. Go to ‘Privacy’ under ‘Sign-in options’.
The switch button under “Use your sign-in info to automatically finish setting up your device and reopen apps after an update or restart.” If it does not respond, disabling is complete.
” created by editing the registry . To delete it, right-click the created value “DisableAutomaticRestartSignOn” and click “Delete” in the menu. You can check how to confirm the release of disabling in the display status of “Sign-in options” in the same way as confirming disabling.