Is your PC taking a long time to start and restart? Remember when you had just purchased your PC (or in my case, got it assembled) how magically fast it used to start and restart? Then, as you installed more apps and then you changed your mind and uninstalled those apps and then you again changed your mind and installed more apps and software applications and then some services started running on their own in the background and then you installed some antivirus or malware and within a couple of months, it started taking a very long time to start and restart your PC.
What is the shortest way to speed up your PC start up process?
The shortest way to speed up your PC start up process is to completely reinstall your operating system and if possible, clean-install. In clean-install, everything is deleted, your primary drive is formatted, all the lost clusters are marked so that they are not used by your system and whatever clean area is left on your hard drive, the operating system is installed upon it. When you do this, your PC is as good as new (or at least as good as it was when you started using it for the first time). This will make your PC start and restart extremely fast.
But this is not an ideal situation especially when you don’t want to lose your current settings and don’t want to go through the hassle of taking all the backups.
3 ways you can speed up your PC start up the process
So here are the 3 ways you can speed up your PC start-up without having to reinstall everything from scratch:
- Disable start-up software applications: When your PC starts up, there are many applications and processes that auto-start. Whether you are going to use those applications or not they are loaded onto your RAM just in case you want to use them. They considerably slow down your PC start-up because no matter how fast your PC is, every application that is being loaded slows down your PC. You can use something like AVG TuneUp to manage what all software applications and background services you want to keep running or shut down. There is a start-up manager that allows you to select how your computer starts in the beginning. Otherwise, just run sysconfig.
- Delay resource hungry applications and processes: Sometimes you don’t want all the software applications and processes shut down during the start-up of your PC. You just want to delay their starting time. Let’s say, you would like certain applications to start in the background maybe after one hour. There is a program called Startup Delayer that you can download.
- There is no need to use antivirus software: Yes, you are going to balk at this advice but Windows 10 these days comes with its own antivirus feature that you can turn on. There are many antivirus applications that slow down the start-up process of your PC.
Aside from these 3 steps that you can take speed of the start-up process of your PC, you can also regularly clean up your registry using a software like registry cleaner or even the above-mentioned AVG TuneUp. You should also regularly defrag your computer to maintain its usual health.
Another method of speeding up the start-up of your PC is not shutting it down completely when you are not using it. Just switch off your monitor and put your PC in sleep mode.