Stop Windows 10 From Reopening Apps After Shutting Down or Restarting Your PC

In this article I will explain how to stop your Windows 10 from reopening the apps that were open the moment you shut down or restarted your PC the next time you log in to your user account.

Of course, this feature may be useful for someone, but I don’t need to reopen those last apps & programs, cause if they were running at yesterday’s night, this doesn’t mean I will need them all today in the morning. Even if I really need them, it’s not a problem to reopen them again manually. If you agree with me on this, keep reading.

How to Turn Off Auto-Restarting Apps in Windows 10

  • Go to “Settings
  • Dive into the “Accounts” section.
  • Select “Sign-in Options” in the left pane.
  • Scroll down a bit.
  • Turn off the “Restart apps” toggle:
Disable Apps Restarting in Windows 10

That’s it!

Video Guide: Stop Windows 10 From Reopening Apps After Restarting or Shutting Down Your PC

You can watch the same steps in this short video:

How to Prevent File Explorer From Reopening Last Folder Windows in Windows 10

If you dislike reopening as such, you may also want to disable the good old feature that has been with us since Windows XP (or maybe even since earlier versions of Windows OS). For this purpose, do the following:

  • Open the File Explorer.
  • Click “View”.
  • Select “Options”:
  • Go to the “View” tab. File Explorer View Options Windows 10
  • Disable the option “Restore previous folder windows at logon”.
  • Click “OK” to save settings: 
disable restore previous folder windows at logon in Windows 10
Prevent File Explorer from re-opening folder windows at logon

Thank you. Do you consider auto-restarting last programs a useful feature or not? Tell us in the comments!

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