How to Stop uTorrent From Opening on Startup Windows 10: Explained

Annoying. When I turn on my computer, µTorrent pops up in the screen center. But autorun is disabled in settings. The torrent client was deleted from the autorun list a long time ago. What’s wrong? Finally, I got sick of it and went to the Internet to find a solution to the problem.

It turned out that it was the work of the developers from Microsoft and µTorrent. In Windows 10 (build 1709), a new feature has been included – automatic launch of the programs you were running at the moment of computer shutdown. On the one hand, this is convenient. All the programs you were working with before shutting down or rebooting your computer will automatically load. On the other hand, it is not always necessary. And there is an autorun list where you can drop the applications you need.

In cases when you have to take a break and restart your computer, you can quickly pick up where you left off after the restart – this is how Microsoft employees commented on this new feature.

Now we’ll figure out how to tame the unruly µTorrent, and then we’ll deal with Windows 10.

uTorrent Method

Go to torrent client settings, and in the General menu, you can disable two options: Start µTorrent when Windows Starts and Start minimized.

How to Stop uTorrent From Opening on Startup Windows 10

But this isn’t enough. Next, go to the Interface menu and activate the Hide tray button there. This means that when you click on the cross in the upper right corner of the program, it will close.

By default (“thanks” to the developers), the “Close Button Hides Tray” item is active. This means when you “close” µTorrent, it just minimizes the system tray and keeps running in the background. Of course, when you boot the operating system later, µTorrent will reopen in its expanded form, covering your work screen (which is annoying since you have to close the program’s window).

If you want µTorrent to work all the time, activate the Start minimized option in the General menu.

This method is also suitable for other applications that do not close but minimize to tray and stay running. That is, your task is to close the application, not to hide it.

There is a more drastic way to solve this problem on the Internet: uninstall µTorrent and install an alternative (like qBittorrent).

Windows 10 Method

There are several ways around this new feature. Some suggest creating a shortcut with the shutdown command and the /r and /s switches. Others are to shut down the system with the Shift key pressed.

Microsoft itself still allows disabling this feature. However, in version 1709, you have to go to the Login Settings, where you have to deactivate the “Use my login credentials to automatically complete device setup and open my applications after a restart or update” option. In earlier versions of Windows 10, you need to deactivate “Use my login information to automatically complete device setup after upgrade”.

Windows 10 Method

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