How to Speed Up PC Startup
Most likely you can still remember the days when your computer took only several seconds to boot. But these blissful days are long gone and now your PC takes ages to start up. Why? Well, several things could be causing your computer’s sluggish startup, but most likely there are too many programs and background processes loading on Windows boot.
Delete unnecessary startup items
Even if you have a brand new laptop, there is a high chance that it has a lot of pre-installed software that is configured to load every time you switch your computer on. Frankly speaking, these programs can make your PC load longer and you don’t need all of them at startup anyway. And as you install more software, more programs automatically add themselves to your startup list. The more there are, the more RAM gets taken up on Windows boot. That’s how your computer becomes sluggish on startup. The solution is to go through your startup list and disable some of the programs. But before you do that you need to understand what sort of applications load automatically on Windows boot.
When you launch your computer, Windows has to load a whole bunch of system files without which it can’t run. However, a lot of other programs also put themselves in the startup folder. These can be anything, from Google Update to Skype and Windows Live Messenger. Adobe programs are also notorious for launching on startup by default. If you are not sure which programs launch on startup and then run in the background, there is an easy way to find out:
You will now see all the processes running on your system and how much system resources each process takes up. As a rule, you are bound to find several processes belonging to utilities that check for software updates or make certain software launch faster. The truth is, you don’t really need them running all the time and they can safely be disabled.
Unnecessary startup items are easy to manage with the help of the System Configuration Utility. Here’s how:
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the System Configuration Utility doesn’t provide much information about the programs from the list. This doesn’t make things easier for you and is potentially dangerous. So if you want to be absolutely certain what you are disabling, it’s best to use a third-party startup management utility. Good quality startup managers, like Auslogics Startup Manager, provide detailed information about each entry, making it easy for you to work out which applications to disable. Here is how you can disable application loading on startup with Auslogics Startup Manager:
By default, Auslogics Startup Manager only shows you the applications that are safe to disable. If you want to delve a bit deeper, you can click on Show Advanced Items. This will show advanced items, such as shell handlers and shell extensions. Be careful when you disable these items, as your computer might need them to operate correctly.
Now your computer should start up a lot faster than before. But if you are still not 100% satisfied, there is a way to speed up Windows boot even more.
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