Does Win 11 automatically disable startup apps?


Jose Hidalgo

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Hi everybody,

Last week I kept my desktop PC off for about 4 days, which is quite unusual for me.

Yesterday when I turned it back on, I was surprised to see that not one but several important startup apps did not start with Windows. :oops:
Those apps include Everything Search, Simple Sticky Notes, TranslucentTB and maybe others.
All those apps usually start with Windows with no issues at all. Either because they're in the startup folder, or because they have a "Start with Windows" setting.
Other startup apps did start with Windows.

I also noticed that the Samsung Magician icon (which I always keep on my taskbar) had been moved to the "hidden taskbar icons" area.

So with all that stuff, I started thinking that maybe Windows 11 was behind all this, automatically doing all those things "for my own good" without asking me first. 🤦‍♂️

Since I'm a grown-up and able to make my own decisions, I'd like to utterly prevent Win 11 from doing that kind of stuff. I was perfectly happy with Win 7, and I don't want Win 11 to do anything like that without my consent. Can this be achieved somehow?

Thanks in advance! ;-)
 

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No, Windows did not prevent your apps from running at startup.
 

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I've never had Windows disable any of my startup apps or programs. If you haven't done it yet, try restarting the computer and see if they load.
 

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Thanks for your replies. :-)
If Win 11 didn't do anything on purpose, then there's something wrong here.
The PC was properly shut off, and this was a cold boot. So everything should have started up smoothly.
The mere fact that it didn't, even only once, looks like a problem to me.
Everything will probably be fine at the next reboot. But why did that happen?

Also, in Settings > Apps > Startup, I have some double (even triple) entries for some apps, for unknown reasons. They all point to the same exact physical location. I guess that isn't normal either:

2024.03.12 - 14.29.44 copy.jpg
 

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The PC was properly shut off, and this was a cold boot. So everything should have started up smoothly.
Windows hasn't done a fresh boot since windows 8 with the shutdown command. The only way to do a full system fresh boot is to do a restart. This is because fast startup is enabled by default. I am not sure why your startup items got disabled, but it most likely wasnt windows doing something on its own, and more likely you need to do a fresh restart to clear out some buggyness.
 

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    Ryzen 7 6800H
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    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
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    12GB DDR4
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    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
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    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
Thanks for your replies. :-)
If Win 11 didn't do anything on purpose, then there's something wrong here.
The PC was properly shut off, and this was a cold boot. So everything should have started up smoothly.
The mere fact that it didn't, even only once, looks like a problem to me.
Everything will probably be fine at the next reboot. But why did that happen?

Also, in Settings > Apps > Startup, I have some double (even triple) entries for some apps, for unknown reasons. They all point to the same exact physical location. I guess that isn't normal either:

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You haven't restarted yet? Probably the first thing i would have done.

Windows hasn't done a fresh boot since windows 8 with the shutdown command. The only way to do a full system fresh boot is to do a restart. This is because fast startup is enabled by default. I am not sure why your startup items got disabled, but it most likely wasnt windows doing something on its own, and more likely you need to do a fresh restart to clear out some buggyness.
Fast start is on by default? Il need to check that, Ive never turned it off and its always been off.
 

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    Ryzen 7 6800H
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    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
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    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
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    1920 x 1080
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    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
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    800mbps down, 20 up
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    Windows 11
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    Ryzen 5 3500u
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    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
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    12GB DDR4
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    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
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Ah nah never had a pc that wasn't a laptop that had that. Sleep Shutdown and restart is all we got now! So most a laptop thing, gotcha.
 

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    Gigabyte Gaming X Z490
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    Viper Steelseries 32gb@ 3600mhz
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    Gigabyte 2070 Super 8GB, +200 core + 600 memory
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Ah nah never had a pc that wasn't a laptop that had that. Sleep Shutdown and restart is all we got now! So most a laptop thing, gotcha.
Desktops are capable of hibernation as well. It's not just a laptop thing. See the fast startup link to read more about it.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell G15 5525
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    Ryzen 7 6800H
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    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
    Internet Speed
    800mbps down, 20 up
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    Lenovo ideapad flex 14API 2 in 1
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    Ryzen 5 3500u
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    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Hard Drives
    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
I have disabled Fast Startup right from the start, so it can't be the culprit here.
(sorry it's in french, but you can see it's disabled - first checkbox)

2024.03.12 - 14.53.55.png
 

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    32 GB (2x16) Corsair Dominator DDR5 RGB 6000 MT/s
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    2560x1440
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    2 TB Samsung 990 Pro
    12 TB Western Digital Red (WD120EFAX, SATA, 5400 rpm)
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    850W Corsair RM850e (2023, ATX 3.0)
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    Corsair Crystal 280X RGB White
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    Aerocool Mirage L240 AIO
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    Corsair K55
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    Vertical mouse from AliExpress
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If anybody is interested, in order to ensure that my Restarts and Shutdowns are absolute [with no chance of Windows trying to reload apps that were running beforehand], I don't just disable Fast start, I use these shortcuts to Restart & Shutdown.

Restartshutdown.exe /r /t 0 /f
Shutdownshutdown.exe /s /t 0 /f

Neither of them needs Admin permission.

Because I already have ExplorerPatcher to enable my Taskbar Toolbar, I keep my shortcuts in there.
Shutdown section.png


Denis
 

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Desktops are capable of hibernation as well. It's not just a laptop thing. See the fast startup link to read more about it.
Oh i know they are, Its just generally a laptop thing most of the time, Not to say others don't use it but most posts or questions generally seem to be of those with laptops. But i gotcha
 

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    10700k@5.2
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    Gigabyte Gaming X Z490
    Memory
    Viper Steelseries 32gb@ 3600mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte 2070 Super 8GB, +200 core + 600 memory
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 4k HDR, Two 1080p Benq and Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160/2560x1440/1920x1080
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    Adata XPG SX8200 PRO 1tb
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    Corsair RX 650
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    NZXT h510
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    CM HYPER 212 RGB
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