How to Stop Skype From Auto Boot on Windows 7 (8 Steps)

By Naomi Bolton

The Skype application enables you to make voice and video calls as well as send instant messages to your contacts but it can be a drain on resources to leave it running. Skype can be set to automatically launch when your computer boots in to Windows 7, but if you prefer not to make use of this feature, it is easy to disable. The option to disable Skype from starting along with Windows is found in the general settings tab. If this method fails, you can also disable Skype from the startup section of your Windows 7 system configuration.

Skype Options

Step 1

Launch Skype and sign in to your account.

Step 2

Click "Tools" from the menu bar and select "Options."

Step 3

Click the "General settings" tab if it is not selected by default and then clear the check box next to "Start Skype when I start Windows."

Click the "Save" button to commit to the changes.

Windows 7 System Configuration

Step 1

Click the Start button and enter "msconfig" (without the quotation marks) in the "Search" box.

Step 2

Click "msconfig.exe" from the list of programs and then click the "Startup" tab.

Step 3

Clear the check box next to "Skype" and the click "Apply."

Click "OK" and then click "Restart" for the changes to take effect.