Stop Apps Running in Background Windows 11 [2022 Guide]

Written By Steven Arends

When you are using Windows on your desktop, many background processes are going on simultaneously. These are kept in the background because the users do not need to be bothered by them.

It is completely fine not to mess with the background apps but sometimes users are forced to do exactly that. Thankfully Windows 11 is quite similar to Windows 10, so there is no reason to worry.

Why stop apps running in the background on Windows 11?

There are many reasons to stop apps from running in the background on Windows 11; some reasons are a program crash and slow performance due to too much load. Usually, users stop some background apps to improve performance. It is very easy to stop background apps, so keep calm.

People with old hardware will really benefit from disabling some background apps as it will reduce overall load and improve performance. Not being able to close the apps that are slowing down your pc must be frustrating and I can relate as I once had a very slow computer.

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How to Stop apps running in background Windows 11 easily

If you want to stop the background apps from running In Windows 11, I am pleased to inform you that the process below is straightforward and easy to follow.

This is the fastest way you can follow to disable apps running in the background of Windows 11. It is short, simple and hence sweet.

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It does not matter how bad or good you are at using Windows 11, this is a very easy process and I am confident that you can do this.

Keep calm and follow the steps given below.

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Here are the steps to stop apps running in the background of Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start menu button(Windows logo icon). You could also press the Start menu button on your keyboard(Windows logo button).
  2. Click on the Settings button (gear icon). The settings menu will be displayed to you.
  3. Select Apps on the left pane.
  4. Click on Apps & Features. The list of installed apps on your computer will be displayed to you.
  5. Click on the three-dot icon beside the app you want to disable.
  6. Select Advanced options. You will be taken to another menu.
  7. Click on the bar below the Let this app run in background.
  8. Select Never.
  9. Close the menus and go back to what you were doing. The disabled apps will not run in the background.

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How to check background apps in Windows 11

Why is my PC so slow? Why is my fps so low all of a sudden? Why are my videos playing like slideshows? These are all questions made by people with slow computers.

Heavy background apps can result in troubles like these and it is no doubt very frustrating. I can relate as I had a very slow PC once and it was a huge pain. The only good thing that came out of that was I had more patience, thanks to my slow as a turtle  PC.

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Checking and closing Heavy background apps can fix this issue. Follow the steps below to know how to check background apps in Windows 11.

Here are the steps to check background apps in Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start menu button(Windows logo icon). You could also press the Start menu button on your keyboard(Windows logo button).
  2. Click on the Settings button (gear icon). 
  3. Click on Apps on the left pane.
  4. Click on Apps & Features

After following these steps, you can see all the apps that are running in the background. Check the ones that are using memory and disable them if you want to improve performance. Check out our expert-recommended guide on How To Enable Telnet On Windows 11

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How to disable background apps in Windows 11

Disabling background apps in Windows 11 has many benefits. If you are using old hardware that is struggling with Windows 11 or any other software, disabling some background apps will improve performance.

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If you are scratching your head wondering about how you can disable background apps in Windows 11, look no further as I have given the steps below.

Here are the steps to disable background apps in Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start menu button(Windows logo icon). You could also press the Start menu button on your keyboard(Windows logo button).
  2. Click on the Settings button (gear icon). The settings menu will be displayed to you.
  3. Select Apps from the left pane.
  4. Click on Apps & Features. The list of installed apps on your computer will be displayed to you.
  5. Click on the three-dot icon beside the app you want to disable.
  6. Select Advanced options. You will be taken to another menu.
  7. Click on the bar below the Let this app run in background.
  8. Select Never.
  9. Close the menus and go back to what you were doing. The disabled apps will not run in the background.

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Conclusion 

Hopefully by now you have understood how to disable apps on Windows 11. As Windows 11 was recently released and the fact that many people are still using Windows 10, it is not surprising if you were confused at first.

I completely understand your situation. It takes a while to get used to a new version of Windows. I am happy that the team at Microsoft did not change too much of Windows and kept many things the same.

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