IT Help How to get your computer to start faster

Having a rough understanding of what goes on when a computer starts up will provide you with a better idea on how we can speed up the process. When you start up your computer, it has to transfer information from your storage to your RAM. The amount of information that it has to transfer affects how long it will take for your computer to start up.

Hence, the more programmes you have that will load automatically during startup, the more information your computer has to transfer, resulting in a longer startup duration.

While there are some programmes that should start during the startup (i.e. antivirus software), you might not need some of the programmes at all or you can afford to have some of them load much later (i.e. Skype).

You can reduce the waiting time by :
(a) Removing the programmes that you do not need after startup
(b) Delaying programmes from loading automatically during startup


(a) Removing programmes from startup

  1. Go to START and type msconfig.png. Select MSCONFIG.EXE .
  2. Select the STARTUP section and subsequently, the TASK MANAGER.
  3. A pop-up window will appear. This window will display programmes that will load automatically during the startup. Select those that you do not require and click DISABLE.

By disabling these programmes, you are not deleting them from the system; you’re simply stopping these programmes from loading automatically during startup. If you’re not sure about a specific programme, jot it down and search for a description of the programme using GOOGLE.


(b) Delaying programmes from loading automatically

  1. Go to START and select RUN. Type in services.msc. Click OK.
  2. A pop-up window will appear with a list of the programmes that will load during startup. Select a programme that you do not need to start immediately.
  3. Right-click on the selected programme and select PROPERTIES.
  4. Under the GENERAL section, look for STARTUP TYPE. Expand the drop-down menu and select AUTOMATIC (DELAYED START). Click OK.

Other ways to speed up the startup include upgrading your RAM or cleaning up your disks to clear up space.

That said, our clients will not have to go through all of those steps to solve such problems. As their System Administrators, all they’ll have to do is to give us a call or drop us an email. No problem is too small for us – not when it affects workflow and operations. Call us, and we’ll take care of the rest.


Nora Fong

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