Here’s How to Combat Slow PC Startup Times for Windows 8.1 & 7!
Poor PC startup times can result in many frustrations, and may be one of the reasons why so many people are looking to smartphones and tablets to replace their PCs. However, with a few tips on how to speed up your PC startup, you’ll find yourself back on that PC of yours in no time!
For Windows 8.1 users, there’s a way to view which programs are a part of your PC’s startup time, and what impact it has on the overall length it takes to go from a powered off computer to the desktop screen. The option to toggle these settings now makes altering startup time easier than ever!
An easy way to check up on your start up programs is as follows:
- Press buttons CTRL+ALT+DEL all at once on the keyboard
- On the next screen select Task Manager with your mouse
- Inside the Task Manager window select the Startup tab
From this screen, you’re able to view what programs take up the most impact on startup times, and whether you deem them as necessary to taking up time or not. Whether your anti-virus software has a high or low impact, it’s wise that you do not disable it as a startup program. However, any programs that you hardly use are ideal for disabling.
While the Windows 7 option to enable and disable startup times exists, it is not nearly as intuitive and user-friendly as Windows 8.1, however; the option is still there and is met with similar instructions.
To alter startup times on your Windows 7 follow these steps:
- Click Start > Run
- In the box that appears, type msconfig
- When System Configuration opens, click Startup
From here, users have the option to enable or disable any program that takes up startup time on their PC. However, an impact rating is not included in the Windows 7 System Configuration for startup times, so it’s difficult to tell which program is wasting the most time.
Do you struggle with a slow computer startup? Try out some of these tips, play around with your startup programs, and see which ones are impacting your PC the most!