There are several programs who’s developer’s designed them to launch immediately once you log in. This can be quite frustrating and annoying when you do not intend to use those applications during your sessions, and when they take a lot of valuable resources while your machine is still powering on. One of the biggest culprits of this is Skype. While Skype is a great app, and has made communication easier and cheaper for millions of netizens, I don’t really want to see Skype unless I need to use it. Like the old Southern saying about children, apps shouldn’t be seen nor heard until they are called upon. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent Skype from automatically launching at start up.
There are two versions of the Skype app. There’s the Win32 version which most of us are familiar with that is installed from the Skype.com website, and there’s also the UWP version that was built for Windows 10 and comes as a default application out of the box with Windows 10. Each have separate ways of disabling the automatic launch feature.
While logged into Skype, go to Tools, and select the Options menu. On the left-hand menu, expand the General tab, and select General Settings. In the General Settings box, there’s a checkbox (third row down) Labeled “Start Skype when I start Windows”. Simply uncheck the box.
The UWP version unfortunately automatically runs in the background when you are logged in because of the way Microsoft integrated it into the Windows 10 background. Consequently, it will always launch at startup. However, you don’t have to see it. If you do not set it to remember you or automatically log you in, and you make sure to log out of Skype when you are done using it, it will launch in the background and won’t provide any popups.