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How to Stop Skype From Loading at Windows 10 Startup

     
12:57 pm on Mar 12, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I have an old Windows 10 laptop used for nothing too much, just occasional use. It can't be easily upgraded and is really too slow to be for daily use.
Since one of the Windows 10 updates Skype seems to have loaded itself and automatically starts up at boot up. This only adds to the slow boot-up, and i'm highly unlikely to use skype on this machine.

Is there a way to stop skype from stating at bootup, or to even get rid of skype on that machine?

Most normal methods don't work.
3:00 pm on Mar 12, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Might try: [tenforums.com...]
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Another option

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you can simply uninstall it... either thru Settings/Apps.... or right click on the start menu tile and select uninstall.... gone...

or, if you want to keep it, fire it up, and go into the app settings, there's an option to NOT start the program at Windows startup....

(Sorry, didn't check the other links... they basically say the same thing)
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Most normal methods don't work.
From that I would guess that attempts to edit the Start Menu and/or uninstall it have been tried.

If you haven't looked at "Scheduled" events, it might be where the startup is hiding.
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Thank you.

OK, progress.
It seems this version of Skype turned up with one of the Windows updates.
Interestingly, it didn't show in the program list, which was the reason why I couldn't remove it.

I rolled back Windows updates and eventually found Skype listed, at which point, I have removed it. Note, this took ages on an old slow machine, but I was determined to get rid of it.

I am waiting now for the next Windows update on that machine, and, hopefully, it'll not try any funny business and download and install itself.
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Fingers crossed! Let us know how it all shakes out.
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By the way, did you install a SSD disk?
It makes wonders with old laptops.
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By the way, did you install a SSD disk?

Unfortunately, it's not compatible. I tried upgrading the hard drive to a bigger drive but the laptop won't accept the newer drives. I'm stuck with it, but for it's purpose, it's fine.
I'll keep it going until it becomes uneconomic to repair.