How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

Does Windows take a long time to boot up? Here are a few things you can do to make the startup process on your computer a little quicker.

Computers have come a long way since the beige boxes of old, but even with speeds measured in gigahertz and gigabytes per second, they still involve some occasional waiting. If you’re tired of solving Rubik’s Cubes while you wait for your computer to boot, here are a few ways to speed up the process.

Enable Windows’ Fast Startup Mode

Windows 10 has a feature called Fast Startup that does exactly what it sounds like, and this is an obvious first stop in your quest. Essentially, this is a sort of halfway mode between hibernating and shutting down. It won’t save your open applications, like hibernation will, but the under-the-hood OS will go into hibernation mode, helping you start up with a clean state faster.

Rebooting is unaffected, though, so if you run into problems with Windows Update or getting into your BIOS, you may have to restart your PC to perform those tasks rather than shutting down.

On many machines, this may be enabled by default, but if you ever turned it off—or if for some reason it wasn’t enabled on the desktop you built yourself—you can flip the switch pretty easily.

Head to Settings > System > Power & Sleep and click the Additional Power Settings link on the right-hand side of the window. From there, click Choose What the Power Buttons Do, and you should see a checkbox next to Turn on Fast Startup in the list of options.

If it’s grayed out, you’ll need to click the Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable link at the top of that window first, then turn on the Fast Startup feature. Be sure to click the Save Changes button when you’re done.

Adjust Your UEFI/BIOS Settings

Some computers have another Fast Boot setting in the BIOS. Unlike Windows’ Fast Startup, the Fast Boot setting (or whatever it’s called on your motherboard) bypasses some of the initial tests your computer runs when it first starts up. If you’re overclocking or otherwise need regular access to the BIOS, you might want to leave this off, but most people could benefit from turning it on if it isn’t already.

Reboot your computer, press Delete to enter the BIOS setup (or another key, if prompted), and search for any fast boot settings in the menu. Some folks also recommend changing your Boot Order Priority (making sure your hard disk is at the top of the list, rather than a DVD drive or network boot), but I’ve never found this to move the needle much.

 

Cut Down on Startup Program

The more programs you have set to launch at startup, the longer your computer will take to get into a usable state when you boot it up. Some of your startup programs may be necessary to have running all the time, but plenty probably are not.

To see what launches at startup, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to bring up the Task Manager. Click More Details along the bottom, then head to the Startup tab. You will be presented with a list of programs that start with your computer, along with Windows’ estimate of how much it impacts your boot time.

You will also see a “Last BIOS Time” in the upper-right corner—that tells you how long your BIOS takes to hand off control to Windows, so if this number is more than a few seconds, you might want to take another look at the BIOS settings as described above. In some cases, you might just have a slow motherboard like I do.

If you see a program in this list you don’t need at startup—especially if it has a high startup impact—head into that program’s settings and uncheck the option to launch it with Windows. (Dropbox, for example, is worth the startup impact since you want it running all the time—but the Epic Games Launcher probably doesn’t need to launch with your PC.)ByPC.)

By Whitson Gordon

Article from In.pcmag.comwin

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