How to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup

Tashreef Shareef
by Tashreef Shareef
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stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup

Adobe Creative Cloud by default runs at startup. This makes it convenient for the Adobe Creative Cloud users who tend to use the service frequently. However, some of them still prefer to run all the programs manually.

In this article, we have listed a couple of ways to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup on Windows PCs.

How do I disable Adobe Creative Cloud auto-start?

1. Disable from Task Manager

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  1. The easiest way to disable Adobe Creative Cloud is to disable the app from the Task Manager startup tab. Here is how to do it.
  2. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  3. Open the Startup tab. You will see a list of startup programs.
  4. Locate Adobe Creative Cloud.
  5. Right-click on Adobe Creative Cloud and select Disable.
  6. Restart the computer to check any improvements.

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2. Disable from Adobe Creative Cloud

stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup

  1. If the process still starts after the restart, try to disable the service from the Creative Cloud settings.
  2. Launch Adobe Creative Cloud app from the taskbar.
  3. Make sure you are signed into the app and accept the license agreement.
  4. Click on the Settings button at the top right corner.
  5. Go to Preferences and select the General Tab.
  6. Click on Settings.
  7. Uncheck the “Launch at Login” option.
  8. Try restarting the PC to check if the program is disabled at startup.

3. Disable from System Configuration

stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK. This will open System Configuration
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. Go through the list of services that are enabled to launch at the restart.
  5. Uncheck Adobe Creative Cloud service.
  6. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  7. Click on Restart Computer. That should help you to stop the Creative Cloud app from launching at startup.

You can also disable auto-start for any program or service from the System Configuration. Do note that, this is for an older version of Windows. Windows 10 has this option moved to Task Manager as discussed in the first step.

Note: To be able to disable the program from the System Configuration, you need to log in as administrator. If you don’t have the administrator rights, ask the system admin to make the changes.

Need additional info on how to use the System Configuration tool on Windows 10? Check out this detailed guide.

4. Disable using Registry Editor

stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup

Note: This method is recommended if you are unable to disable Creative Cloud from the Task Manager.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
  4. You can copy-paste the above location in the registry editor for quickly get the directory.
  5. Make sure you don’t have a key named “Adobe Creative Cloud” under the Run32 folder.
  6. Right-click on Run32 key and select New > Binary Value.
  7. Rename it as Adobe Creative Cloud.
  8. Double-click on Adobe Creative Cloud key and enter 030000009818FB164428D501 in the Data field.
  9. Click OK to save the changes and close the Registry Editor.
  10. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  11. Go to the Startup tab.
  12. Select Adobe Creative Cloud and click on the Disable button.

For the tech-savvy in you, the Adobe Creative Cloud app can be disabled by tweaking the registry entries.

If you can’t edit your Windows 10‘s registry, read this handy guide and find the quickest solutions to the issue.

Can’t access the Registry Editor? Things aren’t as scary as they seem. Check out this guide and solve the issue quickly.


While the auto-start feature is useful for many people, it can be annoying for some. If you prefer to keep your desktop clean, you can follow the steps in this article to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from running at startup.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.


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