Microsoft Teams keeps installing or launching on start-up

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Microsoft Teams startup issues

Microsoft launched its unified communications platform Microsoft Teams back in 2017. Thousands of people prefer to use it on a regular basis for workplace chats, video meetings and more.

However, in some cases, this application opens on your system every time you turn it on. Recently, one Redditor shared a similar experience and asked for help from the community.

My laptop automatically installs and opens the Office Teams app whenever I turn on my computer not matter how many times I uninstall it. Please help me stop this.

Someone came up with an explanation about why the Teams app launches at startup.

If your computer is Azure AD joined then the administrator can make Office get installed, and some Office 365 licenses include Teams which installs to start with Windows, whether you want it or not.

Those who are experiencing similar issues can try one of the following solutions to solve the problem.

Steps to prevent Microsoft Team from installing or launching itself

There is a solution that works in most cases, go to your programs list and locate Teams-machine wide installer. Simply remove the uninstaller and that should prevent Microsoft Team from installing on its own on your PC.

If the issue persists, go to the next solution.

1. Change the settings

We often don’t bother to check the settings of the apps installed on our systems. There is a built-in option that allows users to launch the app on system startup.

Open the settings page of the Teams app and uncheck the “Startup at login” option.

2.Disable unnecessary apps

There are many applications that are running in the background. You need to manually disable any unnecessary apps.

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager. Task Manager windows 10
  2. Navigate to the Startup tab and look for Office Teams app.
  3. Right-click and select Disable to fix the issue.

3. Check your account type

Many Windows users don’t have any idea that a work account comes with predefined settings.

Therefore, your work account might be responsible for forced installations. Switching to a personal account can be a temporary solution to prevent Microsoft Team from installing itself on start up.

4. Reinstall Office 365 suite

If none of the above solutions works, you can uninstall and reinstall the entire Office 365 Suite.

Comment down below if you have experienced similar issues.

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Teams

  • What is Microsoft Teams and why is it on my computer?

Microsoft Teams is a business collaboration and productivity platform integrated into the Office 365 Suite. Teams is available on your computer whether because you installed it but you forgot about it or tool came along Office.

  • Do I need Microsoft Teams?

If you often work remotely, are part of a large team, you manage a team of employees or you often host webinars and video conferences, then you definitely need Microsoft Teams to successfully complete your tasks.

  • Can Microsoft Teams be monitored?

Microsoft Teams allows admins to monitor email exchange, chats, and channels as well as any third-party messages. To configure Teams monitoring settings, go to Supervision policies.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since updated for freshness and accuracy.