How to stop Lync from starting automatically?


  • Hello,

    I have recently installed Microsoft Office 2013 on my computer, which included an installation of the Lync client. At first it didn't seem to matter much. But after a few days I got around to fiddling around with Lync, even though I don't have a server to connect it to. From the next day on, I have a problem with the client starting itself automatically with the PC.

    I have tried disabling the option in the settings, but it seems to have had no effect.

    After this I researched for a few options, and tried changing the registry key. Still no effect.

    What do I have to do to stop the client from starting automatically? I can't even make use of it, since I don't have a server for it.

    I have Lync 2013 (I couldn't find a forum section, so I'm posting this in the 2010 forum)

    Windows 7 x64

    Office Professional Plus x64

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:48 PM


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  • Hello glink There is a registry key to stop this Lync 2013 Office 15\Basic Clients Registry Location HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Registry Key Name Lync Registry Key Type REG_SZ Registry Key Value "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15\lync.exe" /fromrunkey Notes The path in the value would be where you installed Office 15. Also if you want to disable the client from starting automatically just delete this
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:58 PM
  • Hi,

    Please double check the 2013 client auto start registry key:

    Kent Huang
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:09 AM
  • Hello,

    I've now checked the registry keys. They were set to not start automatically, as I had set the flag inside the client. I've also tried deleting them outright. Lync still starts up automatically regardless of the setting.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:37 PM
  • Hi,

    It is very strange since it still starts up automatically.

    I would like to confirm if the registry keys still exist after you deleting them.

    If you don't use Lync client, you can try to delete it as a temporarily workaround:

    Kent Huang
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, November 25, 2013 11:41 AM
    • Marked as answer by Kent-Huang Monday, November 25, 2013 11:41 AM
    • Edited by Kent-Huang Monday, November 25, 2013 11:41 AM 32312
    Monday, November 25, 2013 11:41 AM
  • Thanks!  This worked.
    Friday, April 11, 2014 12:23 PM
  • This did not work ... not find the key
    Friday, April 11, 2014 12:24 PM
  • Removing Lync from the "Startup" tab in msconfig.exe should do the trick..?
    • Proposed as answer by Trblshootn Sunday, April 5, 2015 4:53 PM
    Friday, April 18, 2014 9:04 PM
  • You know this is the sort of answer I always look for, simple and it works. No regedit or tinkering. Just use the tools provided.


    Monday, May 12, 2014 10:10 AM
  • Perfect. Nice direction for an easy fix.
    Sunday, July 6, 2014 2:32 PM
  • There is no entry in MSCONFIG for Lync
    Monday, July 14, 2014 8:54 AM
  • None of the suggested fixes in here worked for me, BUT when I also turned off Logging within the application via Tools > Options per another forum suggestion then the app finally started obeying the Start/Login options I had selected for it.  I'm not sure why, but having Logging enabled on this app (which is by default I believe) overrides the auto-start options.


    • Proposed as answer by Tracy'S Monday, July 14, 2014 8:52 PM
    Monday, July 14, 2014 8:52 PM
  • You can configure Lync so that it doesn't start up with Windows. On the sign-in screen of Lync, click the configure gear and choose Tools -> Options. Select Personal and un-check "Automatically start Lync when I log on to Windows"

    • Edited by T2.Taylor Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:49 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Ackender Friday, November 14, 2014 8:35 AM
    Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:48 AM
  • I wonder what idiot thought he had contol over my computer? I want to close it but intead it minimizes. 

    I feel so frustrated about the fact they think it's normal to open something automatically without my permision.

    still haven t found a proper solution I deleted it once it just came back ... man this makes me feel angry 

    • Edited by llpp Friday, October 24, 2014 2:13 PM
    Friday, October 24, 2014 2:11 PM
  • Spot On
    Friday, November 14, 2014 8:35 AM
  • Try this: go to task manager (via ctrl-alt-del)

    Click the startup tab

    Select Microsoft Lync


    • Proposed as answer by KSLoh Thursday, April 9, 2015 2:07 AM
    Friday, February 13, 2015 2:09 AM
  • Try this: go to task manager (via ctrl-alt-del)

    Click the startup tab

    Select Microsoft Lync


    This is confirmed to work for me...
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 2:08 AM
  • I found this thread while looking for the answer myself.  Lync is our global communication tool; however, on PC that only function for being connected to lab equipment, there is no point in Lync running.  And because of the way it functions; I refer to it as our self inflicted virus - because until today, I could not stop it from running every time someone logged in regardless of the account being local only or their domain account.

    I had looked into several of the suggestions here; yet it was a combination of two that worked for me:

    1. The first suggestion that had promise was to run MSCONFIG and un-check Lync from the StartUp tab
      This didn't work.
    2. Several locations have been given for a registry key to remove; however, several replies were that those didn't work.

    So, what I found that did work was taking the key location from msconfig, and manually deleting that from the registry.  This is what I wound up removing:

    Communicator    REG_SZ  "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Lync\\communicator.exe\" /fromrunkey

    As several suggestions here have worked for some and not others; I can only offer this as another alternative to try.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:36 PM
  • Thanks a lot! This problem had been nagging me for months and I did not think about the Wow6432Node key.
    Friday, August 5, 2016 5:23 PM