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How To Put Programs To Sleep On Windows 10

There is a high chance that some of the apps that you do not really use or need would also be running in the background of your Windows 10, and to save the battery or amplify the performance of your system, you might want to close them.

This can be done by putting the programs you think are unnecessary to sleep; you can disable the programs from settings, which would also help.

Your Windows 10 is designed so that it takes up the features that could make your work easy. One such feature is various apps running in the background of your computer system. Windows 10 has various apps running in the background all the time to make it easier for you to access them and decrease the opening time. Other apps that keep the system updated, such as clock and calendar, also keep running in the background.

The problem with all of these apps running in the background is that they consume the resources of your computer. These background apps could make your battery get drained faster and can even affect the performance of your computer, thus making it slow.

If you are experiencing that the performance of your Windows 10 is getting affected due to unexplained reasons or that your battery is getting drained faster than it should, then you might want to check what all apps are running on your laptop in the background.

How To Put Programs To Sleep On Windows 10

To disable or put the unnecessarily running background apps to sleep, follow the steps mentioned below.

Method 1

Go to the start menu and click on settings. In the settings of your computer, click on ‘privacy’. Look for ‘app permissions’ in the panel on the left. In the list under app permissions, you will find ‘Background apps’; click on it.

That is from where you can choose which apps can run in the background. You can turn off all the background apps at once by turning off the toggle that says “Let apps run in the background”.

If you don’t want to put all the background apps to sleep, you can go through the app list over there and analyze which apps you visit frequently or are necessary to be run all the time. Uncheck or turn off those programs that you think do not require running all the time in the background.

Method 2

Go to the search bar at the bottom of your screen. Type  “run” in there and hit enter. In the run box that appears, type “gpedit.msc” and click on ‘Ok’. The Local group policy window should open. Select the drop-down menu of ‘Administrative Templates’ from the panel on the left in the window.

Click on ‘Windows components’. Click on the right arrow beside ‘Windows components’ and go to ‘App Privacy’. In the list that appears on the main screen on the right, you will find an item saying, “Let Windows apps run in the background”.

Right-click on it and select ‘edit’.In the window that appears, you will find that the ‘not configured’ option would be selected on the left-hand side. Make it ‘enabled’. Now, under ‘options, you will find permission saying ‘default for all apps’. Click on the drop-down arrow beside it and select ‘Force deny’. Now click on ‘apply’ and hit ‘Ok’.

Method 3

Right-click on ‘This PC’ on your home screen. Select ‘Properties’ From the options on the left, select ‘Advanced system settings. Click on ‘Settings’. A window called ‘Performance options’ should appear.

Select ‘Advanced’ from the categories at the top. Select ‘Programs’ under the section saying ‘Adjust for best performance of’. Click on ‘Apply’ and hit ‘Ok’. Click ‘Ok’ on the ‘System Properties’ window. Refresh your system.

Method 4

Type “msconfig.exe” in the search box on your home screen. Select ‘System configuration’ from the results list. Give the adequate and required permissions if Windows asks for it. In the system configuration window, click on the ‘General’ tab.

Click the box to select ‘Selective Startup’. Uncheck the box that says ‘Load startup items. After that, go to the ‘services’ tab.

Around the bottom of the window, you will find a checkbox saying ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ tick it. Now click on ‘Disable all’

NOTE: Do not disable any Microsoft services.

Click on ‘Apply’ and hit ‘Ok’. Restart your computer manually if not prompted.

When Windows restarts, a system configuration utility message displays. Select the ‘Don’t show this message again’ checkbox and hit ‘Ok’. All the background programs in your Windows 10 are now disabled.


By following any one out of the above-mentioned processes, you can improve your system and battery performance since there will be no unnecessary applications or programs running in the background even when they are not being used.

Turning off apps or programs running in the background won’t affect the performance of those apps majorly. However, they might take some time when you open or run them. This is because they have been put to sleep from the background, i.e., the place from where they were easily and readily accessible, but it won’t hamper their overall performance and would improve your system performance.

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Kavita Sharma