So, your computer takes ages to boot and you have enough time to make yourself a cup of coffee? Slow Windows startup is one of the most annoying computer problems that a user can face. Luckily, it’s not too hard to fix slow Windows startup.
1. Disable unnecessary startup items
The first thing you should do to fix slow Windows startup is disable the startup items you don’t need. When you install software, a lot of applications configure themselves to launch on Windows startup even if you don’t really need them to do that. The more applications launch on system startup, the longer Windows needs to load all their settings.
Disabling unnecessary startup items is easy. All you need to do is click on Start, type msconfig in the search box, then go to the Startup tab, disable the unnecessary entries to fix slow Windows startup, click OK and then reboot your computer. There will be a noticeable speed increase.
2. Defragment your hard drive
Hard drive defragmentation is another thing that can help you fix slow Windows startup. If your hard disk is fragmented, Windows needs more time to access various small file fragments and assemble the files together. The more fragmented your files are, the longer Windows needs to open them. This is true for opening documents, videos, launching software and even opening system files on Windows startup. Running disk defragmentation will make your computer start faster.
To launch the Windows built-in disk defragmenter, click on Start, go to Programs – Accessories – System Tools and launch Disk Defragmenter.
3. Defragment the registry
Did you know that the Windows registry is fully stored in system memory (RAM)? We all know how important it is to clean the registry from time to time, but just cleaning the registry can’t fix slow Windows startup. You see, even if you delete outdated registry entries, bits of free space will be left behind and the registry will be fragmented. This means that it will stay bloated and will slow down Windows boot.
Windows doesn’t have a built-in registry defragmenter, but there are plenty of good tools, like RegAce, that can defragment the registry. Defragging the registry will definitely fix slow Windows startup and your computer will be fast again.