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    Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Background Apps in Windows 10
    Published by Brink
    20 Jun 2015

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    How to Turn On or Off Background Apps in Windows 10

    information   Information
    In Windows 10, you can choose which apps can receive info, send notifications, and stay up-to-date, even when you're not using them. Turning background apps off can help conserve power.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to let apps run in the background for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Background Apps in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Individual Background Apps in Settings
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Background Apps using a REG file





    Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Background Apps in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2. Click/tap on Background apps on the left side, and turn on (default) or off to Let apps run in the background under Background Apps on the right side. (see screenshots below)

    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Individual Background Apps in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2. Click/tap on Background apps on the left side, and turn on (default) or off apps under Choose which apps can run in the background on the right side. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    You will need to have background apps turned on in Option One or Option Three to be able to turn on or off individual apps that can run in the background.



    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Background Apps - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Background Apps using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications

    GlobalUserDisabled DWORD

    0 = On
    1 = Off


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Background Apps

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Background_Apps.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Background Apps

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Background_Apps.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn

  1. Join Date : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 15,901
    Windows 10
       20 Jun 2015 #1

    Thanks for the info

    Any idea if there is a limit to how many apps can do this?
    In 8 (unless I am misreading it) you can only get 7 apps to run like this in the background
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       20 Jun 2015 #2

    Hey Paul,

    There's no exact details on how many yet, but I would assume that it would depend on your system specs and if the installed app supports running in the background or not. If all both check out, then Windows 10 would at least automatically have them listed here.
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  3. Join Date : Jul 2014
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       20 Jun 2015 #3

    Thanks for info, that makes sense

    The limit in 8 did seem odd to me
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  4. Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit / Ubuntu Gnome 16.04 LTS
       27 Apr 2016 #4

    Some apps are still appearing in task manager even off but they don't appear when I disable superfetch. I want superfetch on but what else can I do so they don't appear in task manager?
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       27 Apr 2016 #5

    Hello Edward,

    Which apps are still running in the background even though turned off for this?

    If you haven't already, see if restarting the computer after turning them off may help.

    If you have Fast Startup turned on, then you might see if temporarily turning it off, restarting the computer, then turning fast startup back on may help.
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  6. Join Date : Aug 2015
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       27 Apr 2016 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Edward,

    Which apps are still running in the background even though turned off for this?

    If you haven't already, see if restarting the computer after turning them off may help.

    If you have Fast Startup turned on, then you might see if temporarily turning it off, restarting the computer, then turning fast startup back on may help.
    Hi Thanks for the reply. The apps that are showing are settings, weather, photos, groove and movies & TV apps. but they don't appear immediately after startup. I'll try the fast startup option
    Last edited by Edward; 27 Apr 2016 at 10:38.
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       27 Apr 2016 #7

    Hi Brink, They appeared again and I noticed they usually appear when the display is turned off and than on but the good thing is that when they are appearing in task manager in RAM they open faster. Another thing why is Movies and TV app is not on the list which can be turned on or off?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       27 Apr 2016 #8

    Since those are default system apps, I'm betting they are being loaded and used by something. I'm not sure why the Movies & TV app isn't listed. It's not on my system either.
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       17 Oct 2016 #9

    The latest screen shot of background apps as of Fast Ring 14976:
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