How To Speed Up PC Boot Time

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One of the top complaints I receive from day to day is “my PC is booting slowly”. This can be caused by many different factors, but below are a few tasks that any user can do to help speed up boot time of their PC.

Cleanup of Startup Items

  1. While logged into your Windows profile hit the Windows Key and R at the same time.
  2. This will open the Run window. Type ‘msconfig’ without the quotes into the box and hit Enter.
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. In the far left hand column there are multiple check boxes next to your startup items.
  5. Review items and for those items you deem as unnecessary to start at boot, uncheck the box.
  6. Hit apply once satisfied and then you should be prompted to reboot.

I would suggest leaving any anti-virus programs, as well as, pointing devices enabled. Common startup items that should be disabled are iTunes, Apple Help, any printer software, etc.

Increase Amount of Processors Used At Boot

  1. While logged into your Windows profile hit the Windows Key and R at the same time.
  2. This will open the Run window. Type ‘msconfig’ without the quotes into the box and hit Enter.
  3. Click the Boot tab.
  4. Click the ‘Advanced options…’ button.
  5. Click the check box next to ‘Number of processors:’.
  6. From the drop down select the highest number available.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK again and then you should be prompted to reboot.

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