One minute, three minutes, five minutes, do you have to wait a considerable amount of time for your system to startup? Hopefully no more than three minutes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were longer. The reality is that the computer is required to load quite a large number of files and services, something that most computer users do not know when they turn their computers on. Unfortunately, we are the ones most responsible for the sluggish performance our systems descend into.
This problem may not necessarily be the result of junk files, but rather those many applications that you covet so much. The good thing is that there are things that can be done to salvage the situation. In this article I will talk about the various techniques available to the end user.
Delay Services at Startup Probably, the quickest way to shave time of your computers boot up time is to eliminate unwanted programs, but after you’ve done that, when then? One very effective way of speeding up your system start entails telling Windows when to load certain services. It’s possible to do this using the following steps:
- First, log into the system using an administrative user profile.
- Then press the Windows Key and R, when the Run Command box loads up, type Services.msc into it then click OK.
- Once Services loads up, simply double click on a Service.
- This will load up the applet for Service Properties, next you’ll want to alter the Startup type, so that it’s set to Automatic (Delayed Start), then confirm the changes.
Disable Unused Components
If you have certain components in your computer that you do not use, disabling them can prove to be a very effective way of speeding up your boot up time. You can disable these components by:
- Logging directly into the system (ensuring you have administrative access).
- Then press the Windows Key and R (together), when the Run Command box appears, type devmgmt.msc into it, then mouse click OK.
- When Device Manager loads up, you will need to click on a Component you are no longer using and select Disable.
Disable Startup Programs
A lot of applications that are loaded during system startup are usually not immediately necessary. Programs such as QuickTime or Acrobat Reader can be disabled, if bringing that boot up time down is a priority of yours. Anyway, the steps below will help you do this:
- First, successfully log-in (with administrative access).
- Then press key combination Windows Button and R, type msconfig (into the Run Command box) then OK.
- Once the Microsoft System Configuration Utility loads up, select Startup Tab, then de-select any Application(s) you are sure are not immediately necessary, then close the applet and restart the system.
Change Boot Timeout
Some people are completely unaware of how effective changing the boot timeout can be.
This is probably due to people’s misconception of it only determining how long an Automatic Menu will display. But there is much more to it than that. By default, all Windows based systems are set to 30 seconds, however setting it to 10 seconds should be sufficient in improving the computer to boot up quite considerably. To change the timeout:
- Load up Microsoft’s System Configuration Utility tool, using steps 1 – 2 of Disable Startup Programs.
- Once the tool has successfully loaded up, access the BOOT.INI Tab, from you’ll you will need to alter the Timeout to 10 (from 30).
Clean the Registry
Is it possible to decrease your boot up time by removing missing references and orphaned database entries from the registry? The short answer is yes, but this is only true in the most extreme cases, where a system is congested with a ton of junk and someone runs a registry cleaner. All indications point to registry cleaners improving system boot time, but not by anything dramatic.
I personally use Ccleaner to carry out all my registry cleaner needs, which is why I recommend you use it to. Ccleaner is a multifaceted tool in that it is capable of removing junk files from your computer, such as log files, cookies, and other clutter, while the registry cleaner component will clean the registry of those unwanted entries.
If you have never run this tool before, you can be certain the performance boost from just one data scan will be noticeable. Cleaning the registry using the dedicated tool should be equally as effective, shaving a couple of seconds off your overall boot up time.
Author Bio: Uchenna Ani-Okoye writes on computer related issues and topics.