How to Disable Microsoft Teams Autostart in Windows 10

If you don’t want Microsoft Teams to start with Windows, follow these steps to completely disable Microsoft teams autostart in Windows 10.

When you install the Microsoft Office suite, it automatically installs the Microsoft Teams application. As the name suggests, Microsoft Teams is a simple but super effective team collaborative application used by a lot of companies and individuals. Like many applications, Microsoft Teams adds itself to the Windows startup list. Due to this, the application autostarts with Windows. Along as Microsoft Teams is running in the background it consumes a lot of system resources. This is true even if you are not logged into the Teams application.

If you are a regular Teams user and need it as soon as you turn on the system then having the application start with Windows is useful. However, if you are not using Microsoft Teams or using some other alternative like Slack, you can disable Microsoft Teams autostart to prevent it from starting with Windows.

In this quick guide, let me show the procedure to stop Microsoft Teams’ autostart in Windows 10.

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1. Disable Microsoft Teams Autostart From Task Manager

Like many applications, you can disable Microsoft Teams from Task Manager’s Startup tab. This method is useful when you are not logged into Microsoft Teams. Let me show the steps you should follow.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type “Task Manager” in the search bar and press “Enter“.
  3. Once the Task Manager opens, go to the “Startup” tab.
  4. Find and select the “Microsoft Teams” entry from the list.
  5. Click the “Disabled” button.
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  6. Close Task Manager.

That is all. As soon as you click the disabled button, Microsoft Teams autostart is disabled. You can see that under the Status column in the Startup tab of the Task Manager.

To re-enable the Teams autostart, click the Enabled button step 5.

2. Disable Microsoft Teams Autostart from Teams Settings

If you are already logged into Microsoft Teams, you can disable autostart from Microsoft Teams settings directly. These are the steps you should follow to block Microsoft teams from automatically starting with Windows using the Teams settings.

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams application.
  2. After opening the application, click on the “User” icon on the top-right corner.
  3. Select the “Settings” option in the list.
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  4. Uncheck the “Auto-start application” checkbox.
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  5. Settings are saved automatically.
  6. Close the Settings panel.

That is all. As soon as you uncheck the autostart checkbox, Microsoft Teams will remove itself from the Windows Startup list. To enable it back, just select the checkbox.

Note: You will not be able to access Microsoft Teams Settings if you are not logged into it.

If you want Microsoft Teams to start automatically but don’t want it doing that right after you start the computer, you can delay startup applications using the Task Scheduler. I’ve already written a detailed guide on how you can do it. Basically, you need to create a task, add Teams to it, and configure the trigger to activate on delay. That is all. Follow the linked guide and you will be good.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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