Windows 10 allows UWP (Universal Windows Program) apps to run in the background even if they are not started or do not use them. That feature enables UWP apps to receive information, send notifications, and stay updated when an update is available.
Although this is a useful feature to run apps in the background, these consume a considerable amount of system resources, including CPU, RAM, Internet bandwidth, and battery power. Windows 10 provides functionality to stop UWP Apps from running in the background. In other words, you can speed up your PC by pausing or stopping programs to run in the background.
Fortunately, Windows 10 provides an option to choose which apps can run in the background. That means, if you want to run a specific program in the background, it is possible without any third-party tool. In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you with different ways to put programs to sleep so that they can’t awake without being actively used.
You can set the UWP apps to sleep mode through the Settings app, while for the traditional desktop programs, you have to go through the Windows Taskbar.
In this post, we will put the apps or programs to sleep using the following methods:-
- Settings app
- Task Manager
- Microsoft Configuration Manager
How to sleep or stop apps from running in the background using Settings?
To put the app in sleep mode or stop running in the background, perform the following steps:-
- Open the Settings app by pressing Windows logo + I keys or any other method.
- On the Settings page that opens, click on the Privacy category.
- Scroll down to the left side and click on the “Background apps” tab.
- On the right side of the “Background apps,” in the “Background Apps” section, turn the toggle off next to “Let apps run in the background.”
Once you complete the above steps, the background apps feature will be completely disabled. Once you use any app and close them, it will go to sleep mode automatically. That means you don’t have to put the apps in sleep mode or stop again.
- If you want a specific app to put in sleep mode, turn the toggle On next to “Let apps run in the background.” In the section “Choose which apps can run in the background,” turn the toggle to Off position for a specific app. For instance, we rarely use “3D Viewer,” and we have put it in Sleep mode.
How to disable Desktop programs from running in the background using Task Manager?
Unfortunately, the Settings app only allows UWP apps to put in Sleep mode. To prevent traditional Windows programs and executables from running in the background, we can use Task Manager.
- Right-click on free space on Windows Taskbar and select the Task Manager option.
Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously to open the Task Manager.
- In the Task Manager window that opens, click on the Startup tab.
- Select the programs to stop running in the background and then click on the Disable button.
How to disable Desktop programs from running in the background via Microsoft Configuration Manager?
This method will disable all Desktop apps from startup at once. Perform the following steps:-
- Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard or click the OK button to open the System Configuration window:-
- In the System Configuration that opens, select the radio box “Selective startup” and uncheck the checkbox “Load startup items.”
- Click Apply.
Above are the methods to put UWP apps or Desktop programs in sleep mode or stop running in the background on Windows 10. By stopping background apps, you can save a significant amount of system resources, including CPU, RAM, Internet bandwidth, and battery power.