If your pc is taking ages to start up , then follow this advise to speed things along and get you going faster.
1. Uninstall Old Programs and Stop Unwanted Services From Starting.
The main culprit making a PC slow to boot is programs. If you have programs installed on your computer that you are no longer using , you should remove them.
These programs often have background processes running which not only uses your RAM but also takes time to load at start up.
A useful program I found is Tune Up Utilities. This program has a feature called start up manager which will allow you to stop unwanted programs from starting up when you turn on your PC. Not only that , but the software also identifies programs and processes which you should keep running. A free trail version is available HERE
You can also do this in Windows Vista and Windows 7 by going to run in your start screen and typing in msconfig. Then go to the start up tab and deselect everything you don't want to have start when you start your computer.If your run command is not visible , go to command prompt and type in msconfig.
2. Windows loading screen
You know that page with the animation? That takes forever right? You can actually remove it without much trouble and it will save about 10 seconds on your start up time. Here's what you do.
Go to run in your start screen and type in msconfig.
Go to the boot tab and select "noguiboot" checkbox.
This will cut the animation getting the computer to start faster. If you have a duel boot system , you can also set the timeout for that menu by making the timeout 3 seconds instead of 30 seconds.
3. Defrag and clean the Registry
Download a free program called CCleaner (HERE
) and install it. This program will remove invalid registry entries. This will mean less time that the computer is looking through registry keys and thus improved start up and system performance. Just click "run cleaner" and it will automatically search for and remove invalid keys.
You may also want to defragment the registry. Open Tune Up Utilities and select all functions under the first window called "maintain system" and select "defragment registry".
This will also help a little for system performance and start up time.
4. Edit Your Bios
The bios by default contain some options that are redundant and can be switched off to save on start up time. For instance :
- Make your first boot device your hard drive.
- Select Quick boot or "do not check memory"
- If you are using a graphics card , disable the on board as it's only using memory.
Following these few steps should save you about 30-45 seconds on start up and improve overall system performance.
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