Slow Startup – Fixing Windows Boot Performance

by Rod Dunne on November 1, 2010

in Articles, Performance, Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

Slow Startup Tips For Fixing Windows Boot Performance Using Computer Maintenance Software Utilities
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By using computer maintenance software, it should be possible to improve slow startup performance on most versions of the Windows operating system. In this article, we’ll show some of the more common techniques and software utilities to improve slow Windows startup performance.

Automating slow computer startup gains using software

One of the easier ways to improve slow Windows startup performance is to run an automated repair tool to optimize settings and download/install the latest DLL’s/device drivers and operating system files for you.

There are registry editors but these focus on solely optimizing registry settings so may not improve slow startup performance if it is due to OS application files. Some suggested registry editors/optimizers:

These tools should be run in addition to using the System Config application detailed below to improve slow boot up performance.

Manual approaches to improving slow startup speed

The key to improving slow Windows startup speeds is to (i) reduce the number of applications that are initialized and (ii) improve the performance of the ones that are left enabled.

The Microsoft System Configuration program (start > run > enter msconfig) has a startup tab which lists all the applications initialized by Windows as it is booting up. On this tab, you can use the check-boxes to disable/enable which ever programs you do not wish to run at startup. This utility can be used for Windows 7/Vista/Windows XP slow startup performance improvements.

The one proviso to using msconfig is to always make sure that you only disable applications that you are happy to disable (i.e. they are non-essential). Research the listed XP will file name online first to establish which programs it relates to.

In addition, go through the list of programs you leave enabled in msconfig and assess which programs can be uninstalled, which should be checked for updates and which could be replaced with a better performing applications. It is quite common to have many programs you no longer require or duplicates of programs (i.e. two applications that do the same thing) so some pruning/updates can help improve slow startup speeds considerably.

Finally, a large amount of the applications run as Windows is booting up relate to the hardware peripherals and internal hardware components on your PC. These applications are administered/run using device drivers (which are in effect simply software applications). You can improve how these perform by always making sure you have the latest version of the device drivers. This can be done using Windows update service, the Device Manager utility (Control Panel > System > hardware) or by running computer maintenance software scans to automate the updates.

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