How to disable background apps in Windows 11?

The Microsoft Windows 11 operating system, which is its latest version, has some operating mechanisms that are the same as its previous versions, such as the execution of default or user-installed applications or programs in the background. Without a doubt, this generates a consumption of resources that in many cases; more not in all, it is unnecessary, since this generates complications.

Disabling these background apps can help fix common issues like or it may be 100% disk usage issue . In the topic of this article we will explain what the problems related to the execution of these applications in the background would be and how to identify them, we will talk about their solutions and advice. You also have to know that there are many that are totally necessary for the operation of the system.

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  1. What do background applications do to my computer’s operation?
  2. How to know which applications are in the background with Windows 11?
  3. How to disable background apps?
    1. Modifying Windows settings
    2. Using the group policy editor
    3. Using the Windows Registry
    4. By setting power and battery

What do background applications do to my computer’s operation?

When we have the computer in use, first of all it executes applications that are necessary for the system to work, and that are executed in this way because that is how it should be. There are others that do not necessarily have to be running in the background for the system to work, on the contrary, they take away processing resources and RAM memory from the system; it could be the case of an unconfigured antivirus.

These types of applications directly affect the fluidity of the Windows 11 operating system , making use of data processing and also the work capacity of RAM memory, although this may not be exclusively an application issue, it could also be caused by malicious software that generates this increase in the use of resources, through the same system applications.

How to know which applications are in the background with Windows 11?

It is necessary to be clear about what all these applications are, both those that come to be executed by the system and those installed by the user. Only in this way can we know and determine which applications are affecting the operation, to know which are the tasks that are carried out in the background, we must follow the following route.

What is going to show you what the computer is doing in the foreground and background is the task manager; You can open this in several ways, in this case we will show you how to enter from a keyboard shortcut. For this, jointly press “Windows + X” and in the list that is displayed select the “Task Manager” in the “Processes” Tab, you will see the three categories of processes in the foreground, background and Windows processes.

How to disable background apps?

All this running in the background will lead you to the conclusion that you can do to avoid this slowdown, such as disabling these applications so that they do not run in the background. It is that we can find that even the automatic updates themselves must be deactivated , the best thing will always be that they are executed in this case when we program them, not when the system decides.

For all this we can make adjustments through the Windows configuration, through group policies, from the Windows system registry and also through a power configuration. In all these methods we can get the solution to this, let’s see.

Modifying Windows settings

Now let’s modify the configuration of the application that is causing this problem, which you should have previously identified from the “Task Manager”. The first thing you should do is go to Start> Settings> Applications> Installed applications.

Being in the list, select the application with right click and select the “Advanced options” option , in the “permission of background applications” section, modify the option “allow this application to run in the background” and select “Never” .

Using the group policy editor

We can also make use of group policies to disable apps that run in the background, first open Start and enter “gpedit” and select “Edit Group Policy” and enter “Allow Windows apps to run in the background background”, now we follow this path Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> application privacy.

In the pop-up window that appears, click the “Disable” box, then click Apply and finally OK, so that no application will run in the background, only those that are necessary for the system. Also from here we can disable the disk check , that can be of great help, because this process combined with the others can cause difficulties.

Using the Windows Registry

This method is somewhat complicated, you must be very careful on your part because they can cause problems that require a complete format of the equipment. Press “Windows + R” and copy “regedit” in the run window, now locate the following key .

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\BackGroundAccesApplications”, now creates the value REG_DWORD (32bits) migrated, to this value in the information we assign number 4; After this, unnecessary applications running in the background will be disabled.

By setting power and battery

As for this method, it is the simplest, because with it, you have configuration settings that the operating system itself brings, which means that if you adjust the energy settings to saving mode, these applications will not be able to run in the background. .

For this we are going to go to Start> Control panel> System and security> Power options> change plan settings, when entering this part, you will have all the options available to adapt it as you need.


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