How to Fix Slow Startup Times

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Is your computer taking an age to boot up? Well, you needn’t worry, since you can seek solace in the fact that many people’s systems suffer from the same symptoms. However, there are things that you can do to counter this issue, but it’s up to you, whether you want to expand a lot of money to do so, or not. For most people, their immediate reaction or rather solution is to go out and purchase new or additional hardware, such as a new processor, larger hard drive or more RAM. If you have the money to do that, then I won’t stop you, it’s probably best you went down that path. However, it is possible for you to decrease your boot time by performing a number of tweaks on your operating system.

If the slow startup times that you’re experiencing are due to errors in your registry, then you will have to weed them out using either manual or automated methods. If you don’t know what the registry is, it’s basically a store area for your system, were information on your applications and hardware components is kept. During the boot up phase, your system must search through thousands of different registry keys, and if it finds any errors, then it may attempt to fix them during the actual boot up phase. This creates a delay during boot up which is proportionate to the amount of errors it has to sift through.

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Alter Your BOOT.INI Settings

This alteration can be implemented on all Windows versions. It entails you editing your BOOT.INI file through the System Configuration Utility. Basically, during the boot up phase your computer will timeout for a predetermined time in order for it to locate new software and hardware components. By shortening this timeout (or removing it altogether), you can decrease your boot time.

1. To get started, simply log into your computer with a user profile that has administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type in “msconfig” and click on OK.

Start msconfig Tool

3. Once the System Configuration Utility loads up, click on the BOOT.INI Tab and change the default timeout from 30 to 5 or less. Then click on Apply and OK, and restart your computer.

BOOT.INI Timeout

Remove User Profile Passwords

Password locking your computer will increase the amount of time you have to wait for your system to boot up. The operating system must stop, partway through the boot up phase in order for it to allow you to type in your unique password. Removing this password on your user profile will give you that much needed speed increase.

To go about doing this, follow the instructions below.

1. First, ensure you’ve logged into your computer with a user profile that has administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Control Panel.

Run Control Panel

3. From the Control Panel, double click on User Accounts.

Start User Accounts

4. Once User Accounts has loaded up, click on your User Profile.

Open User Profile

5. From the User Profile screen, click on Remove my Password.

User Profile Remove my Password

6. It will ask you to verify your identity by typing in the current password, do so and click on Remove Password.

Verify Remove Password

Remove the GUI on Boot

During the last phase of the boot up process, a Windows logo will be displayed as a welcome message and an indication that your system is near operational. This Windows logo is your boot GUI (Graphic User Interface). This part of your boot process can take around 5 seconds. The good thing is that you can disable it, as it’s not entirely necessary.

To remove the GUI follow the instructions below.

1. First ensure you’ve logged in with administrative rights

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type “msconfig” and click on OK.

Start msconfig Tool

3. Once the System Configuration Utility has loaded up, click on the BOOT.INI Tab, from this Tab click on /NOGUIBOOT and Apply and OK.

Set BOOT.INI /NOGUIBOOT

4. Restart your system once finished.

Enable the Prefetch

Prefetch is a utility built into the operating system designed to decrease boot up times by loading data into system memory prior to it being demanded.

To switch this feature on, just follow the simple instructions below.

1. First, ensure you’ve logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type in “regedit” and click on OK.

Run regedit

3. Once the Registry Editor has loaded up, navigated to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

Locate PrefetchParameters

4. Once there, double click on “EnablePrefetcher” and change the Value data to 3.

Set EnablePrefetcher Value Data

The other values you can use are:

Value Data What It Does
0
This will completely disable prefetching on your system.
1
This will enable prefetching just for applications.
2
This will enable prefetching solely for system boot up.
3
This will enable prefetching for both applications and system boot up.

 
The default value is 3, so you may not have to alter anything, however, if your system suffers from limited memory, then you should consider changing the value data to 2.

Clearing out the Prefetch Cache is another effective way in decreasing your boot time. To do this, follow the instructions below.

1. Ensure you’re logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type “%windir%/Prefetch” and click on OK.

Run %windir%/Prefetch

3. Once the Prefetch Cache folder loads up, select all the files and delete them.

Delete Files From Prefetch Cache folder

Change the Menu Show Delay

Decreasing the delay of your menus will speed up the rate in which they open, such as the Add/Remove applet, Start menu etc. It will also have a positive effect on the speed in which your system boots up. It’s a method you can deploy on all versions of Windows; all that is required is a simple registry change.

1. The first thing that you will need to do is log into your system with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type “regedit” and click on OK.

Start regedit

3. Once Registry Editor loads up, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Registry Path Desktop

4. Then double click on MenuShowDelay, and change the Data value to 0 (to remove the delay) and click on OK.

Set MenuShowDelay To 0

5. Once completed, restart your system.

Run a Boot Defragment

It’s possible for you to specifically defragment those files that are loaded into the system during the boot up phase. This is an excellent tool that you should reap immediate benefits from, once executed. If you feel your system isn’t boot as fast as it once was, then a boot defragment is what you need.

1. First, ensure you’ve logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type “regedit” and click on OK.

Run regedit

3. Once the Registry Editor has loaded up, navigate to the path below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction

Locate BootOptimizeFunction

4. From there, double click on Enable and change the Value data to Y and click on OK.

Change Enable Data Value

Disable Short File Names

The file system of your hard drive typically generates a short file name according to the 8.3 naming conventions for longer file names and for those file names that have special characters in them. By default, this feature is turned on; this enables files to have two names: the first is the name specified by the user and the second may be a shortened version of it created by your file system. However, if the name specified by the file conforms to the naming convention, then a second shortened name is not created.

Turning this feature off will dramatically decrease boot up time and speed up file and application performance. However, applications that are unable to read long file names may not be able to run. So there is a risk involved when doing this.

1. Anyway, to turn off this feature ensure you’ve logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], and type “regedit” and click on OK.

Run regedit

3. From the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem

Locate FileSystem

4. Once there, double click on “NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation” and set Value data to 1 to disable shortened names.

Disable NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation

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