How can I stop a Windows 10 process from loading on startup?

  1. lyradd's Avatar
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    Windows 10

    How can I stop a Windows 10 process from loading on startup?

    How can I stop a Windows 10 (version 1903) process from loading at startup? I want to stop Flow.exe. I have to end the task (in Task Manager) every day when I turn on my laptop.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354

    Hello lyradd,

    Normally, the Flow.exe file is a software component of Conexant SmartAudio II by Conexant.

    If this file is in your startup items, you can disable or delete it using an option in the tutorial below to stop it.

    Add, Delete, Enable, or Disable Startup Items in Windows 10
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  3. lyradd's Avatar
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    It's not a Startup item. It is in Background Processes. This file (Flow.exe) causes high CPU usage when Firefox is running. The problem has been ongoing since 2017...

    1555726 - Using Firefox on Windows 10 makes Conexant audio driver's Flow.exe program use excessive CPU
    1569712 - Conexant Flow is instantiating a11y and harming system performance
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354

    I suppose for now, use a different browser until Firefox or Conexant get's it sorted out??

    Otherwise, you could try uninstalling Conexant SmartAudio.
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64

    It seems, that renaming the file should do. Run PowerShell ISE as an admin and copy/paste/run:
    #Stop the Flow.Exe process if it is running
    get-process flow | Stop-Process
    #Rename Flow.Exe file so processes that call to it will not find/execute it.
    Rename-Item -Path 'C:\Program Files\CONEXANT\Flow\flow.exe' -NewName 'Flow-Old.Exe'
    #Remove information form the registry about the application.
    remove-item -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Conexant\SA3\FLOW' -Force
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  6. lyradd's Avatar
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    I've tried renaming the file previously. Windows gives an error message about not finding the file. It's six of one, half a dozen of the other. Either I end the task every day or close out the error every day.
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  7. Posts : 1
    windows 10, esx 6.7, debian, synology DSM

    Go find flowsetup.ini.
    Mine was in c:\program files\flow.
    Open it.
    look for addreg.uninstaller

    You will have
    Under each of those it has a uninstallstring like
    "Setup.exe -U -Iflowsetup -SRM=Flow.exe"
    "Setup64.exe -U -Iflowsetup -SRM=Flow.exe"

    Open up a command prompt with admin.
    click on start type cmd then right click on it and choose administrator.

    CD to the directory
    c:\program files\flow

    Then put in one of the
    "Setup.exe -U -Iflowsetup -SRM=Flow.exe"
    "Setup64.exe -U -Iflowsetup -SRM=Flow.exe"

    Seems to have worked for me. Give it a shot.
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  8. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Or just delete the task.
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  9. i486's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    In the future, just remember not to buy a laptop/tablet with Conexant audio. They're nothing but trouble.
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  10. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Try using Autoruns
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