6 Ways – How To Speed Up Your PC Start Up Times

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October 22, 2011
6 Ways - How To Speed Up Your PC Start
Up Times
6 Ways - How To Speed Up Your PC Start
years old may not necessarily be worth tuning or
Up Times
Over time most
speed up computer start up times As new operating
computers take
systems are released and newer software, compu-
longer to boot
ters are created to be faster and more efficient to
than when they
accommodate the increase in power needed by more
were new. The
current software (just think of computer games and
reason is that as
how each generation of games require much faster
you install pro-
computers for more realistic graphics.
grams they place
themselves in the
Generally speaking computers that are older than
startup process
three years old may not necessarily get any "faster"
so they load
than they already are.
when the compu-
ter boots. This is

completely unnecessary; you can load the programs
as you need them as an alternative.
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Many people could care less how long their com-

puter takes to load while others pull a strand of
hair out for every minute that has passed in wait.
2.) Does the computer have a hardware
Businesses with no in-house IT department or re-
problem causing slow start up times?
gular support person to call on suffer the most from
ultra-slow computers as time=productivity and slow
Does your (Windows) computer take a long time to
computers=lost productivity.
load BEFORE it gets to the Windows logo screen or
does it take a long time to get to that logo screen?
Regardless of your location while reading this ar-
When first powering up a computer it should POST,
ticle; either at home or behind a desk or cubicle, let's
or Power On Self Test. This occurs when there is
look at several ways to speed up computer start up
white (and colored) text against a black monitor
times, quickly and easily.
that resembles DOS mode.
1.) How OLD is the computer you are
This is where the computer tests the hardware
trying to speed up?
and components to verify everything functions. If

the computer is hanging during POST or shortly
If your computer was purchased anytime before
after-prior to loading Windows-there could be a
or near the housing boom, you need a new com-
hardware problem. In this instance clearing CMOS
puter! Seriously, computers that are older than five
is the easiest solution. Otherwise, problems could
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exist including: motherboard problems, a low CMOS
When in doubt, makes no changes at all. However,
battery, failing memory, incompatible hardware and
any changes made aren't permanent and can be
other issues.
easily reversed with no harm to the computer.
If the PC doesn't slow down until it gets past the
Uncheck any app or process that doesn't need to
Windows logo, there is a Window related issue going
start with Windows. Afterwards, click Apply. Next,
on that needs further diagnosis.
click OK. Allow the computer to restart.
3.) Get rid of unnecessary programs that
4.) Check the hard disk free space
start-up when Windows loads!
Some computers don't slow down much when the
Countless people make the mistake of allowing
hard disk starts to run out of free space while others
several thousand programs (icons) to load up in
slow to a crawl. Look to see how much free hard
the lower right hand corner of the taskbar. This is
disk space is remaining on the computer. If less
bad for several reasons. First, the more programs
than 30% free space exists on the drive, freeing up
scheduled to load with Windows, the more time
space may be necessary to speed PC start up times.
it will takes Windows to load these programs into
memory. So, the "wait" time can seem much longer
Additionally, adding a second hard drive specifically
as these programs and icons have to finish loading.
for data storage can dramatically improve perfor-
To fix this problem:
mance. Not all hard drives will be affected by storing
data close to capacity and the operating system will
Go to the Start menu and click the icon. Next, type
usually warn of low disk space well before you no-
msconfig in the search box (Vista and Windows 7).
tice any slowdowns. Most modern computers will
Afterwards, hit enter and wait for the System Confi-
have a performance loss due to loss of disk space
guration box to appear.
but it usually isn't noticeable unless the hard drive
is small in size (older drives).
When the box appears, click on the third tab labeled
Startup. Here, look at the tabs labeled Startup Items
5.) Check for driver issues!
and Manufacturer.
Drivers are software programs that are responsible
for correct hardware operation. If your computer
takes forever to load after getting to the Windows
Here you can
logo drivers could be the culprit. Go into Control
Panel, then Device Manager.
thing that doesn't
need to start with
Click it and look to see if there are any yellow ex-
Windows. You
clamation marks on any hardware.
can pretty much
If not, manually check out the manufacturer of your

what is what by
computer's website to see if any updated drivers are
looking at the
available for any hardware in your computer. Also,
names of the
check your Windows updates as updates could be
available which will help.
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6.) Check for viruses, trojans and others!
One primary cause of slow computer start up times
is malware! Make sure your computer has none.
Malware can slow a computer start up time dra-
matically and damage the computer in many ways
while it's on!
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