How do I stop Skype from starting automatically on desktop? Running Version 8.34.0.78 Win 7 Enterprise

When I ask for help it said click photo and click settings. My options are 1. My account  2. Use Skype on line  3. Sign out.  thats it.  How do I get to Settings to turn off Skype starting automatically?  Thank you for any help. Paul
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Click on the 3 dots ("...") button and select Settings -> General. Uncheck the option "Automatically start Skype".

 

 

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Thank you very much. Worked fine.

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My Skype 8.38.0.138, only shows the "Lauch Skype..." and "Share location..." option.

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This is because you are on Skype for Windows 10 App (Application version 14.38.138.0)  and not on Skype for Desktop application (Skype version 8.38.0.138).

 

In Skype for Windows 10 click on the 3 dots ("...") button and select Sign out. Close the Sign in window. Right click on the white Skype icon shown in the system tray and select Quit.

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I don't want Skype running on my machine without my permission, to me this is the behaviour of malware. There is no option (on my version) to stop it loading at startup, no reference in msconfig/services etc. and it doesn't appear in the control panel. How can I disable Skype completely without having to remove all references in the registry? I really hate it when other people decide that I need a program to run, especially when it is without my permission or knowledge... Thanks to all for any help you may be able to offer.

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This is because you are on Skype for Windows 10 App (Application version 14.38.138.0)  and not on Skype for Desktop application (Skype version 8.38.0.138).

In Skype for Windows 10 click on the 3 dots ("...") button and select Sign out. Close the Sign in window. Right click on the white Skype icon shown in the system tray and select Quit.

Is there a faster/more permanent method of shutting Skype down so it doesn't reopen on startup?

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In the desktop version, the controls exist in the application. In the UWP version (Application version 14.x), the controls already exist outside the App. Background apps in Privacy settings - This will stop the Skype UWP App and its components from launching at startup. If you need it to start with Windows 10, you would re-enable it. 

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Agree 100%  It is total Malware and should not require me to Google 3 different sites to figure out how to shut this down.

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THIS is the answer you want:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/skype-automatically-starts-with-no-option-to-stop/ffa47ce4-a4e6-41e2-9dc1-447b2c821661

Just remove the Skype for Windows app, quickly and easily, using Windows PowerShell:

Press Windows Key+X > Click Windows Powershell (Admin) > Copy the below and paste into Powershell and Enter: 

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.SkypeApp | Remove-AppxPackage

(and you still have the option to run/use Skype for Desktop if you like.)

Done.

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