Windows 10 has been autostarting calculator, weather, movies & tv, store, xbox, and photos usually after login. It isn't in the task manager autostart list or in the task scheduler. Any help is appreciated.

Some of the processes are outlined. They do not appear in the taskbar below.

  • when you say "autostart", do the programs appear on the taskbar?
    – Chin
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:27
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    No they do not appear in the taskbar but they appear in the task manager. I also found out that ApplicationFrameHost.exe starts with them. I hope that helps.
    – Shadow
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:28
  • did you try to close them all before restarting?
    – Chin
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:29
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    Autoruns doesn't show any of the apps in logon or anywhere.
    – Shadow
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:46
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3 Answers 3


Go to Start then Settings, select Privacy and click on Background apps. From there disable the apps that you don't want running in the background.

These apps don't start with Windows, that's why they don't appear in the autostart list or the task scheduler. They are called upon by the Windows Runtime that manages universal apps. Most of the time they only take up RAM and not CPU as universal apps are very limited in the amount of background tasks they can perform.

Background apps

  • Someone with edit privileges should grab that image and edit this answer to post it inline so people (like me) behind corporate firewalls that block i.imgur.com can see it, too. (Usually, i.stack.imgur.com is allowed (or a case can be made to IT to allow it), as it is intrinsically related to Stack Exchange.)
    – RobH
    Aug 17, 2015 at 17:00
  • I tested for a few hours and this was it. It seems strange why it wouldn't be added on autoruns or the scheduler. It is fixed and anyone using alt-tab alternatives won't be so bothered by having those applications popping up every login. Also, the screenshot is just simply showing the end location after following the instructions he said.
    – Shadow
    Aug 19, 2015 at 10:13

You can download and run Autoruns for Windows:

It is the most powerful program for viewing things that automatically run with Windows.

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    Yes but these apps are launched by something else so they don't show up in Autoruns. Maybe they should update Autoruns to handle this new type of autolaunch.
    – laurent
    May 26, 2017 at 21:04

I would recommend verifying you "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp" location for any unwanted application.

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    Checked and it isn't in the Startup folder.
    – Shadow
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:45
  • There is two more ways I found that could resolve you issue without a application. you can see it here -> winaero.com/blog/… Aug 14, 2015 at 19:49
  • Regedit showed the same as task manager; both not showing the apps however.
    – Shadow
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:52
  • Are all the application that open up pinned in your start menu? Aug 14, 2015 at 19:55
  • Some, but not all are there.
    – Shadow
    Aug 14, 2015 at 19:58

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