Make Win­dows boot faster

Don’t sit around wait­ing for Win­dows 10 — Cat El­lis has some tips for mak­ing it boot more quickly.

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Over time, you might no­tice that the de­lay be­tween you press­ing your PC’s power but­ton and hav­ing a re­spon­sive desk­top is get­ting longer and longer. It can be enor­mously frus­trat­ing, par­tic­u­larly when you need to get stuck into some im­por­tant work. You might even be tempted to just leave it switched on all the time, but this means im­por­tant Win­dows up­dates won’t be in­stalled. Thank­fully, there are ways to speed your PC up again.

We’ll ex­plore sev­eral meth­ods here, but it’s also worth not­ing some of the things that won’t have an ef­fect — de­spite claims by the mak­ers of some PC op­ti­mi­sa­tion soft­ware. Win­dows 10 does a good job of man­ag­ing your hard drive, so de­frag­ging it is un­likely to have any ef­fect on per­for­mance. Sim­i­larly, delet­ing tem­po­rary files, unin­stalling pro­grams and tidy­ing the Win­dows reg­istry won’t have a noticeable im­pact. Here’s what will...

1 FAST START-UP

This is a lit­tle like Hiber­nate mode. It caches your cur­rent Win­dows ses­sion so that it can be reloaded quickly.

2 BOOT TIME

You can use Win­dows’ own logs or a pro­gram like Bootracer to find out how long it takes Win­dows to start.

3 LOGON

Se­lect­ing this tab will show only the app and pro­grams that run when you log into your Mi­crosoft ac­count.

4 EN­ABLE OR DIS­ABLE

To stop a pro­gram run­ning when Win­dows starts, just uncheck its tick box. You can al­ways re-en­able it later.

PUB­LISHER AND DE­SCRIP­TION 5

This will help you work out what each app does, but if you’re not cer­tain, leave it alone. 6 AUTORUN

This Mi­crosoft app is the most pow­er­ful tool for man­ag­ing the pro­grams that start at the same time as Win­dows.

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