How to eliminate Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab?

Windows 10 Task Manager lets you perform various tasks, including Run File Explorer with Admin Rights, sign out other Users, view and manage all Startup Programs, etc. However, there is no built-in option to delete obsolete or invalid program entries on the Windows 10 Taskbar startup tab. If you install and uninstall several programs or your PC is infected with malware or virus, and you want to review the unwanted program, this post will help to do the same. This article will also help remove accumulated old and invalid program entries in the Startup tab even after uninstalling the programs is still available in Task Manager Startup tab.

As you can see in the above screenshot, after doing a right-click on an invalid app entry, “Open file location” is grayed out. That means the executable file doesn’t exist in our Windows 10 PC in the specified location. Hence it is safe to remove from our PC.

It is always recommended to keep your PC neat and clean to gear up the performance of the PC. If you want to run your Windows 10 without any issues, you should remove the invalid or dead startup program entries from the Task Manager Startup tab of Windows 10.

This post will guide you on removing dead or unwanted Startup program entries from Task Manager in Windows 10. There are at least two ways to kill the startup entries from the Task Manager in Windows 10.

  1. Eliminate Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab via Registry Editor
  2. Remove Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab using a third-party tool Autoruns

Let us explain both options one by one in detail.

Note: You can only remove the classic desktop apps from Windows Startup by referring to this post. The modern Universal Web Apps and Store app startup entries can’t be removed using any methods that means Windows Registry or Autoruns.

How to eliminate Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab via Registry Editor?

Gentle Reminder: We always recommend creating a full backup of Registry and generating a system restore point since manually modifying Windows Registry may damage Windows installation.

To eliminate Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab via Registry Editor, perform the following steps:-

  1. Press the Windows logo key and hold, then press the R key to open the Run dialog box.

2.Type the following in the Run command box and hit Enter from the keyboard. This action will open the Registry Editor:-

regedit

  1. Navigate to the following path in Registry Editor:-
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  1. On the right-side pane of the Run, you will see a list of apps entries. All the entries are auto-start which is added by different programs on your PC. Perform a right-click on any unwanted or invalid entry and click on the Delete option.

Quick Tips: If you not sure if an auto-run entry is valid or invalid, right-click on the auto-run entry on the right-side pane and select Modify option. You will see the full path of the program. Navigate to the path in the File Explorer and check if the program actually exists on your PC.

  1. You need to repeat the above-mentioned steps to find the Run keys at the following locations to drop them:-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run
  1. If you install 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Windows 10 computer or laptop, you need to find the auto-run entries to the following locations too:-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Once you’ve discharged all the invalid startup program entries from the registry, you can close the Registry Editor. Now proceed to delete the invalid shortcuts in the Startup folders.

How to eliminate Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab using a third-party tool Autoruns?

If you prefer to use a freeware tool than modifying the Windows Registry, you can use Autoruns tool directly from Microsoft. This freeware also helps to remove unwanted Startup programs or dead entries from Windows 10 Task Manager. Perform the following steps to eliminate all unwanted entries from Windows 10:-

  1. Download Autoruns tool from the official webpage and unzip it using the WinRAR app.

  2. Run the tool with administrative privilege (To run any program with admin rights, right-click on the .exe file and select the “Run as administrator” option).

3. Navigate to the Logon tab.

  1. Right-click on an invalid or unwanted entry, pick the Delete option or click on the entry you want to remove, and press the Ctrl + D shortcut from the keyboard.

You should note that Autoruns tool only reveals those entries that are enabled in the Task Manager’s Startup tab. If you have disabled any entry through the Task Manager startup program, you need to enable it to see in Autoruns. Also, it is not advisable to delete any Microsoft entries there, especially the Userinit entry.

Above are the simple two methods to remove Invalid or Unwanted Entries from Windows 10 Task Manager Startup tab.

That’s all!!!

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