How to Increase Start Up Time on a Windows Based Computer

At one point or another, we have probably all sat and waited patiently for our computer to start up and load everything. Many computers start up very quickly, while others seem to take forever. In this article, I will review some ways that you can ensure that your Windows based computer starts up quickly and efficiently. Please keep in mind that these little tricks have worked for me personally. If you are uncomfortable performing the things that I will list in this article, you should consult someone who is experienced in this sort of issue. They can guide you and/or perform these things for you.

One of the first things that you should pay special attention to if your computer is starting up slowly is the system tray. The system tray normally sits on the bottom right hand corner of your screen, next to the little clock. How many items are coming up in the tray? Are the items something that you need to load when Windows starts? If not, you should adjust each one so that they do not immediately load. You can normally do this by placing your cursor over each icon in the system tray, right clicking and choosing an option that allows you to adjust the settings. Normally, this would come under "properties", "preferences", or "settings".

Once you select one of the above listed options, there should be a choice on when the program starts up, like, "automatically start when Windows starts", or something similar. Simply deselect the choice to start when the computer and/or Windows starts. This will allow your computer to start up more quickly and will reduce the overall usage of the computer. Many common programs that are listed to automatically start that are not necessary include the different messenger programs, game programs, and other types of programs that are similar in nature.

The next step that you can take to ensure that your computer starts up quickly, is to run a defrag on the system. There are many ways that you can do this, depending on what Windows operating system that you have. One of the most common ways that you can perform this step is to click on "my computer", or "computer" and then right click on the "c" drive. Once you do this, select "properties", then "tools", then "defragment now". This will help get rid of unnecessary files and move common files closer together so that the drive does not have to do more work than is necessary to put files together. In addition to a defrag, you may consider performing a disk cleanup as well.

One of the ways that I helped make my computer start up quicker is that I went out and purchased an external hard drive. I started storing more of my files and programs on the external hard drive and that allowed my computer hard drive to not have to run as much and work as hard. External hard drives are great in that you can turn them on and off as needed and it does not require actual space on your computers hard drive.

There are numerous ways to increase the start up time on a windows based computer. The ones mentioned in this article are ways that have worked for my computer and other computers throughout my home. If you have any additional tips and suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.


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