Computers have come a long way from the beige boxes of yore, but even with speeds measured in gigahertz and gigabytes per second, they still involve an occasional wait. If you’re tired of solving Rubik’s Cubes while waiting for your computer to boot, here are some ways to speed up the process.
Enable Windows fast startup mode
Windows 10 has a feature called Quick Start that does exactly what it sounds like, and it’s an obvious first stop in your quest. It’s basically a kind of halfway mode between hibernation and shutdown. This won’t save your open apps like hibernation will, but the operating system under the hood will go into hibernation mode, helping you boot up to a clean state faster.
Restarting is not affected, however, if you have issues with Windows Update or enter your BIOS, you may need to restart your PC to perform these tasks rather than shutting it down.
On many machines this can be enabled by default, but if you’ve already disabled it – or for some reason it hasn’t been enabled on the desktop you created yourself – you can reverse the switch quite easily.
Head toward Settings> System> Power and standby and click the Additional Power Settings link on the right side of the window. From there click on Choose what the power buttons do, and you should see a checkbox next to Enable fast start in the list of options.
If it is grayed out, you will need to click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link at the top of this window, then enable the quick start function. Make sure to click the Save Changes button when you’re done.
Adjust your UEFI / BIOS settings
Some computers have another fast boot setting in the BIOS. Unlike Windows Fast Startup, the Fast Startup setting (or whatever it’s called on your motherboard) bypasses some of the initial tests that your computer runs when it first boots up. If you’re overclocking or need regular BIOS access, you might want to leave this option turned off, but most people could benefit from enabling if you haven’t already.
Restart your computer, press Delete to enter BIOS setup (or another key, if prompted), and find Quickboot settings in the menu. Some people also recommend changing your boot order priority (making sure your hard drive is at the top of the list, rather than a DVD drive or network boot), but I’ve never found it to be moves the needle a lot.
Every motherboard is different, so delve into your UEFI / BIOS settings to see if there are other features you can turn on or off to speed up the boot process – your motherboard or PC manual can guide you. in the right direction.
Reduce startup programs
The more programs you have configured to start at startup, the longer it will take your computer to enter a usable state when you start it. Some of your startup programs may be needed to run all the time, but many probably aren’t.
To see what launches at startup, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to display the Task Manager. Click More Details at the bottom, then head to the Startup tab. You will be presented with a list of programs that start with your computer, along with Windows’ estimate of the impact on your startup time.
You’ll also see a “Last BIOS Time” in the upper right corner – which tells you how long your BIOS is taking to transfer control to Windows, so if that number is more than a few seconds, you might want to take another shot. eye in BIOS settings as described above. In some cases you might just have a slow motherboard like me.
If you see a program in this list that you don’t need at startup, especially if it has a strong impact on startup, go to that program’s settings and uncheck the option to launch it with Windows. (Dropbox, for example, is worth the startup impact because you want it to run all the time, but the Epic Games launcher probably doesn’t need to launch with your PC.)
If you don’t see an option in the startup settings for this program, you can turn it off from this Task Manager window to prevent it from launching at startup. You can also open Settings> Applications> Startup and disable anything you don’t want to open on startup.
Open File Explorer and type % APPDATA% Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs Startup in the address bar to access your startup folder. Any shortcuts added here will automatically launch on startup – so if there’s something here that you don’t want to launch, just delete it from the folder.
Finally, if you see programs going through this process that you don’t need at all, go ahead and uninstall them entirely – and it never hurts to run a malware scan while you’re at it. . Bad actors running in the background can definitely slow down your startup process.
Let Windows Updates Run During Downtime
When Windows updates, it should take some time to install these updates when you shut down and often when you restart. If you are tired of “preparing Windows” for your computer after an update when you just want to play some games, you should let Windows do its job when you are not using the PC. This does mean, however, letting your machine perform automatic updates.
To do this without interrupting your work, head to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update and click on the Modify activity hours button. Tell Windows what time you tend to use the device the most – say 9 to 5 – and it will try to perform automatic updates and reboots during times of system inactivity. Find out how it works in our guide to checking for updates in Windows 10.
Upgrade to an SSD
Samsung SSD 870 EVO
More and more modern computers have abandoned the spinning mechanical hard drives of the past and switched to SSDs, which are much faster. If you’re still using one of those old drives, it’s time to upgrade. Not only will the programs launch almost instantly compared to your old hard drive, but your computer will also start much faster.
Just about any computer with a spinning drive should be easy to upgrade to an SSD like the Samsung 870 EVO, which you can buy as low as $ 65 for 500GB. Check out the repair instructions for your specific laptop or desktop for a complete step by step, as this may vary from machine to machine. For the most part, you shouldn’t need more than a screwdriver (and sometimes a torx bit).
Just use sleep mode
Here’s the thing: booting from your hard drive will always be slower than resuming from sleep mode. If you’re frustrated with how long it takes to start your computer, consider putting it to sleep instead.
After all, while sleep uses a little more power than a complete shutdown, the difference is probably negligible in terms of electricity costs. Sleep can also be a bit trickier if your computer has background programs that wake it up at random times, but we also have a guide on how to fix that. Shutdown always has a place – if I put my laptop in my bag for a few days, for example, I’ll probably shut it down completely – but the more you use sleep mode, the less you’ll have to worry about that boot time. annoying.