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Windows update causing boot delay


Since installing the Creators Update, my PC is taking much longer to boot. Any pointers? [ JULIA RENDBURY ]

Ian Evenden replies: A lot of people have complained on user forums about the Creators Update resulting in noticeably slower boot times. The key thing is to pinpoint where the bottleneck occurs. To determine where it is, download and install BootRacer ( www., which will time your boot and split it into four stages. The pre-boot time should be around 3–5 seconds on a PC with Fast Boot enabled — if not, check your UEFI settings to see if the option’s available (it should be on most modern PCs). If the bottleneck appears to be linked to the Windows Boot portion of startup, it may be caused by disk errors.

Right-click the Start button and choose Command Prompt (admin), then type “chkdsk c: /f /r /x” and hit Enter, rebooting your PC to run a check. Be patient — it may take some time to complete and appear to be stuck. If this doesn’t improve matters, go to ‘Start > Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings’ and verify ‘Turn on fast start-up’ is enabled under ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ (if it’s not, click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailabl­e’ to tick the box).

Finally, a lengthy Desktop time refers to start-up programs (click Enable Control for more detailed analysis to identify the culprits). You can then disable these within BootRacer or via the Start-up tab under Task Manager.

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