Windows 10 has a ton of cool features, but, for some users, starting it up is a slow process.
This is especially true after continued use or on older computers. Luckily, with a few tweaks and simple maintenance, you can speed up your startup process and begin using Windows 10 without the wait.
How to Speed up Your Windows 10 Start Time
1. The Fast Startup Feature
Windows 10 comes equipped with a setting especially designed for faster startup times. The aptly named fast startup feature will prepare your computer on shutdown for the next time you power up, so you can get to work more quickly.
When this setting is enabled, upon shutdown, Windows will save the state of your device, including open programs and drivers.
It will preload that information so when your turn your PC on again, it can quickly boot it all back up. It’s similar to hibernation mode, so if you want to update your computer, you’ll have to disable this feature or hit restart.
To enable fast startup:
- Open Power Options in the start menu
- Select Choose What Power Buttons Do
- Click Change Settings That Are Currently Available
- Go to Shutdown Settings and enable Turn on Fast Startup
2. Automatically Open Fewer Programs
If your computer still takes a long time to boot up after enabling fast startup, perhaps your computer is opening too many programs when it turns on.
If it automatically opens a lot of things, it has more work to do, which means it will take longer.
Only opening the necessities will decrease your startup time. If you don’t use a program every day, you can probably opt not to automatically launch it.
To do this:
- Click on the Start button
- Open up Task Manager
- Choose More Details and then the Startup tab
- Browse the list of automatically starting programs
- Right click the programs you want to turn off and select Disable
In the Startup menu, you can also arrange programs by order of startup impact, so you can disable the ones that are slowing you down the most.
3. Clean up Your Files
Cleaning out space on your hard drive will make things easier on your computer, enabling faster startup times and more efficient operation. To do this, you can run Disk Cleanup or manually delete things you don’t need, often called bloatware.
To run Disk Cleanup, just search for it, open it and hit Clean up System Files. It will then go through your computer and get rid of temporary files, installers and other unnecessary stuff.
If you have programs you don’t use, you can uninstall them to speed up your startup time. Just do the following:
- Right-click the Start menu
- Select Control Panel
- Go to Programs
- Choose Uninstall a Program
- Select the unneeded programs and hit Uninstall
4. Shorten the Boot Menu Timeout
When Windows starts up, you see the Boot Menu appear before the operating system loads. From this menu, you can choose startup options, such as Safe Mode.
By default, the Boot Menu displays for 30 seconds. If you reduce this time, you can cut down your startup time by a few seconds.
If you want to do this:
- Go to Start
- Click Control Panel
- Choose System, then Advanced System Settings
- Go to Startup and Recovery and choose Settings
- Next to Time to Display List of Operating Systems, you can elect to reduce the time
- Click OK
5. Go Bare Bones
Windows 10 includes a number of special effects and features that are more for looks than anything else. If you’re more concerned about startup time than style, you can turn these options off to speed things up a bit.
To turn off visual effects and animations, such as drop shadows and thumbnails:
- Go to Start, then System
- Choose Advanced System Settings
- Once in the Advanced tab, go to Performance and then Settings
- The Performance Options menu will then open. In the Visual Effects tab, choose Adjust for Best Performance. You can also choose Custom to pick the effects you want to turn off.
You can also find other little features to turn off. Each item you get rid of will boost your PC’s performance by a little bit. Basically, anything you think you can live without can be disabled. Other examples of cool but unnecessary features include transparent menus and tip notifications, which you can turn off in settings.
If you try all of this and your computer still starts up slow, let Window’s automatic troubleshooter program take a look around your computer and see if it spots any issues. It will then do its best to automatically fix them.
Using these tricks should help you speed up your startup time and get more done, while also taking care of your computer.
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