3 Ways to Stop Discord from Opening at Startup in Windows

Quick Guide:
  • Open Task Manager > Go to 'Startup' tab > Right-click 'Discord' > Press Disable
  • Open Discord > Go to Settings > Windows Settings > Uncheck 'Open Discord' Under System Startup Behavior
  • Download Autoruns Utility > Install and open it > Go to 'Logon' tab > Disable Discord's Startup Entry

Discord is a voice, video, and text chat app specifically designed for gaming communities. Since the Discord app provides amazing features, its use isn’t limited to gaming communities. Just like any other Windows application, Discord comes with a set of basic features including the auto-start at every login feature as well. This feature is designed to make it easier to use the Discord app and that’s why it is turned on by default. But a lot of people aren’t a fan of the auto-start feature especially because they want more control over their system.

In this article, we are going to show you how to stop discord from opening on startup. There are some ways of preventing Discord from running on Startup. You can turn off the auto-start feature via the Discord app’s settings or you can use the Task Manager to disable the Discord from its startup application’s list. Both of these methods are listed below.

1. Turn off Auto Start from Discord

Here are the steps for turning off the auto-start feature from within Discord settings.

  1. Open Discord
  2. Click on the User Settings (gear icon). This should be on the right side of your avatar.
    Discord User Settings
    Discord User Settings
  3. Select Windows Settings from the left pane
  4. Toggle off Open Discord option from the section System Startup Behavior
    Turn off Discord Auto-start

This should disable the auto-start behavior of the Discord app on Windows.

2. Disable Discord App Auto-Start via Task Manager

Windows provide a way to access the list of applications that are scheduled to run at every startup. You can have a look at this list and disable the auto-start of the Discord app from this list. Follow the steps given below

  1. Press and hold CTRL, SHIFT, and Esc keys simultaneously (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC). This will open the task manager
  2. Click the Startup This should show a list of apps that are scheduled to open at every startup
  3. Locate the Discord app from this list and select it
  4. Click Disable from the bottom right corner
Turn off Discord Auto-start Task Manager
Turn off Discord Auto-start Task Manager

3. Using ‘Autoruns’ to prevent Discord from Startup

You can use a third-party app released by SysInternals to analyze all the possible registry entries for Discord and manually remove them to prevent discord from running on startup. To remove startup entries of Discord, follow the steps below:-

  1. First of all download the Autoruns app from this link (here).
  2. Once the file is downloaded it should be in a “.zip” format you can use “7zip” or “WinRAR” to extract it.
  3. Once it’s extracted, Open executable named “Autoruns.exe” as an administrator.
    Running Autoruns as administrator
  4. Now head over to the “Logon” section. Now find Discord here and simply untick to prevent discord running on startup.
    Disabling Discord from Startup

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