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Speed up Windows Boot Time

Many people ask about Windows boot times and how to make your boot time shorter. This is a quick tip about how to eliminate some of the unneeded or unnecessary items from your Windows XP/Vista/7 boot time.

First, make sure that you are logged in with Administrator privileges.

Next, Click the Start Button (Windows logo button in Vista and 7) and then click Run. (In Vista and 7 you can just type into the search box under the Start button). Type "msconfig" (without the quote marks) and then click OK or press enter.

In the System Configuration Utility, click the Startup Tab and deselect all of the items. In the Services tab, check the box for Hide all Microsoft Services and then disable all the other items.

Now, you will need to reboot your computer after applying those changes and time the boot up. If the time is dramatically faster, then it is likely that one or more of the items in the Startup Utility are causing the lag in boot time.

Go back into MSCONFIG and go to the services tab. Re-Check a few items, apply the settings and reboot. MAKE SURE TO WRITE DOWN WHICH ITEMS YOU'VE RE-CHECKED. Now time the boot up process again. Continue this process of re-booting, timing, going into msconfig and checking a few items back, and rebooting and timing until you find the items that add significant time to your boot up process.

Once you've found those items that are adding time to your boot time, you will need to determine if the item is one you can leave unchecked - or if it is something that you may need to run during startup. If it is a critical program, you can try to get it to boot quicker by reinstalling the program or seeing if an update to the program will fix the issue.

Hope this information is useful!

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