Startup Optimizer: Tools and Tips for Faster PC Boot Performance

by Rod Dunne on December 8, 2010

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By using Windows own startup optimizer utility and PC repair tools, it should be possible to improve slow boot up performance on just about any PC. This article takes a look at some of the automated approaches to improving Windows startup performance; along with the manual changes you can make using Microsoft utilities.

Automated startup optimizer

There are many software applications available online that can automatically tweak and tune your registry to improve the startup performance. These applications scan the registry file to see which settings are incorrect or poorly set.

The one thing they will not do is disable any of the startup programs that run at boot time (as this may cause odd PC behavior). To do this, you need to manually disabled applications yourself (see the section below).

One utility you could consider is XP Repair Pro

Suggested Tools: XP Repair Pro Registry & system optimization for Windows 7, Vista & XP.

Using the Windows startup manager

Microsoft provide the System Configuration utility is in administrators tool for picking and choosing which Windows startup programs you want to enable at boot time. This is not solely a Windows startup manager utility, but also contains a number of other tabs for tuning and tweaking operating system configuration settings. The key to how to make your PC run faster at boot time using this tool is simply to reduce the number of applications that are initialized.

Microsoft System Configuration Utility (a.k.a. msconfig)Here is how to get started using the startup optimizer utility:

  1. To run the application, go to the Start/Run program and type in msconfig. Click Open.
  2. Once the application has begun, go to the Startup tab to view the list of Windows startup programs that the operating system currently initializes at boot time.
  3. Many of these will be unfamiliar to you, especially as they are only listed using the executable file name. If you are unsure of the purpose of each executable then do a search online to clarify what the purpose of each service is.
  4. Use the check-boxes to enable/disable which startup programs are included at boot time.
  5. Save the changes you made and restart the computer in order to check the changes.

An additional startup optimizer technique you can consider is to look at improving how the enabled startup applications perform. In particular, you can check to see if there are updated versions of the third party software applications available from the vendor’s website. Running a Windows update should download and install the large majority of hardware and device driver software for you. You could additionally check to see if there are device driver updates using the Device Manager utility.

Using startup optimizer programs to improve Windows startup performance is just one approach you can take to improving boot speeds. As an alternative to doing a full reboot, you should also consider the possibility of using the hibernate/standby modes when shutting down the PC as these can often prove to be a lot quicker than a full reboot.

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