I have steam installed in my laptop and it is annoying that steam is starting automatically when my system starts. I have unchecked the option "Run Steam when my computer runs" and disabled from startup programs in task manager as well. Is there anything else I could do to stop this?

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  • Do you close properly steam before shutting down your computer ? It seems that, with the new Windows versions, even though you ask the computer to shutdown, it's not a "real" shutdown. When that happens, I find out that my applications (Steam, Chrome, Outlook, etc.) reopen on their own.
    – Fana
    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:51
  • I click "Exit Steam", followed by "Shut down" in power menu of windows start menu. I think I am doing it right, ain't I?
    – newbie
    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:22
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    Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Steam? Unchecking the "Run Steam When My computer Starts" really should take care of this... since it isn't, I wonder if something else is corrupt in the background
    – Timmy Jim
    Oct 29, 2019 at 11:23
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    Recommending checking out your Task Scheduler. Sometimes tasks can get created in there to run actions on logon. Not likely the case here, but it doesn't hurt to check. Oct 29, 2019 at 11:56
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    Are you running any Steam apps on startup? Starting any of Steam's apps will start Steam.
    – Nelson
    Oct 30, 2019 at 3:07

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Assuming you mean the Task Manager (if not: Ctrl+Shift+Esc 🠖 Start-up 🠖 Steam Client Bootstrapper, Right-click, 'Disable'), try disabling the Steam service:

In the Start menu, type services, and open the Windows Services app.
In the list showing up, look for Steam Client Service, Right-click it, select Properties, and set Startup Type to 'Manual'.

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    Checked the services as well. It is manual already! :(
    – newbie
    Oct 29, 2019 at 15:20

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