One of the most frequent complaints that any tech support service gets is that a computer is taking too long to start up. A long startup time can be the result of a number of different factors, and fortunately, most of them are easy to fix.
Today, we’re going to show you how to reduce the time it takes for Windows to start up in order to give you a faster and more enjoyable PC user experience.
Disable autoloading programs
A long startup time is usually the result of a large number of autoloading programs, also known as programs that start up when you boot your PC. If you bought your computer from a major PC manufacturer like HP or Dell, then it may come pre-loaded with quite a few of these unnecessary programs. These applications will slow down your PC’s performance and contribute nothing to the security of your computer.
Disabling these programs is easy. You can do it the hard way, which involves manually changing the settings by using the msconfig application, or you can use an optimization program like PC Cleaner Pro 2012 to refine your boot order.
Msconfig method (advanced)
If you’re using Windows 7, go to your Start menu and type msconfig into the search bar. Click on the first result that pops up. A menu box will open. Along the top of that menu will be a list of options. Click on ‘Startup’ and de-select any applications that you don’t need when your computer starts up. While you should keep most Microsoft processes running (as they could be integral to your operating system), you should see quite a few programs to disable. If you’re ever unsure of what a program does, Google it to find out.
You’ll want to keep your antivirus program and firewall on the startup sequence, for example, as well as any other security suite programs you may have installed. If you use Skype or an instant messaging program, then you may want to keep that on your boot order as well.
The software method (easy)
If you want to avoid all that hassle, then you should install PC Cleaner Pro 2012, which will automatically optimize your computer’s boot sequence by running only the most important programs. This can decrease your boot time by at least several seconds, which can add up when you restart your computer once or twice per day.
PC Cleaner Pro 2012 also speeds up other aspects of your computer. While it is a powerful startup optimizer, it also scans your computer for all sorts of different errors and systematically fixes them in order to improve the security and performance of your computer.
Regardless of which method you choose, disabling autoloading programs is the fastest and easiest way to speed up your computer’s startup times. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced PC user, we could all appreciate a few extra seconds added on to our computer time every day.