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