How to stop Skype from starting automatically when booting Windows 10?
I can't find such an option, either in the Skype app settings or in the Task Manager > Startup tab.
With the classic Skype application window open, do the following:
On the other hand, if this is the Skype UWP app those options won't be available. Based upon a similar question on the Microsoft Answers web page, their Skype Community Moderator explained what needs to be done:
The new Microsoft Skype for Windows 10 (Skype UWP) application has never been present in the Startup tab. Windows apps are not managed the same way as a Win32 application. The classic Skype for Windows Desktop is a Win32 application, Skype UWP is not.
If you close your computer without signing out of the Skype UWP application, then on next computer boot, Skype will auto run in the background. To maximize Skype UWP you will just need to click on the application icon.
If you prefer not to be signed in automatically on Skype for Windows 10, you can sign out from the app. We won't sign you in automatically after that.
In other words, Skype UWP users simply need to logoff from within the app to prevent it from starting automatically during a subsequent Windows 10 login.
As a potentially viable alternative to the Skype Community Moderator's advice, you can turn off the background app functionality for Skype. Navigate to the following location:
Start > Settings > Privacy
Ensure that you have selected
Background apps on the left-hand side, scroll down on the right until you find the entry for
Skype and change the slider to Off.
That being said, in addition to the obvious advantages there are minor drawbacks to using this method:
Bear in mind that there’s a downside to this. If you prevent the Alarms app from running in the background, for example, any alarms you set won’t go off. If you prevent the Mail app from running in the background, it won’t notify you of new emails. Apps normally run in the background to update their live tiles, download new data, and receive notifications. If you want an app to continue performing these functions, you should allow it to continue running in the background. If you don’t care, feel free to prevent the app from running in the background. You can still use the app normally, but you may have to wait for it to fetch new data after you launch it.
Taking it a step further, if you want remove the application entirely, the classic Skype Win32 application will be listed within the
Programs and Features applet in the Control Panel. Simply highlight the Skype entry in the
Name column and select the
Uninstall button near the top.
In contrast, the Skype UWP app won't be found in
Programs and Features. As a result, if you want remove that particular version, navigate to the following location:
Start > Settings > Apps
Ensure that you have selected
Apps & features on the upper-left, scroll down on the right and left-click
Skype to select
Notably, if the Skype UWP application is already running, before attempting the
Uninstall you may need to first select
Advanced options, then choose
Terminate to "Immediately terminate this app and its related processes." After that, select
Uninstall as desired.
Additional reading: Download Skype for More Features Than Windows 10’s Built-In Version
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