How to stop programs from running in the background on Windows 10

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To view the programs running in the background on Windows 10, right-click on the toolbar at the bottom of the desktop and select Task Manager.  The Task Manager pop-up box appears. Click the Processes Tab. The Processes Tab will list programs running in the background. Follow these directions to prevent a background process from automatically starting when the computer is booted.

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start icon and select Run.  The Run pop-up box appears.
  2. In the Run pop-up box, type msconfig and click OK.  The System Configuration pop-up box appears.
  3. In the System Configuration pop-up box, click the Services Tab.  Remove check-marks from Services (aka processes) which you do not need to start on boot. Click Apply, OK.

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