7 ways to make your Windows PC boot up faster

If your Windows PC feels sluggish and is booting slowly, there are a few tricks you can try to speed it up.

Below are a seven tips to increase your Windows computer’s boot speed.

Startup Manager

A common reason for long boot times is a large number of processes set to run when Windows starts up.

To remove unnecessary startup programs, open the startup manager and choose which processes begin when Windows is loaded.

On Windows 10, this is done through the Startup tab in the Task Manager.

If you are using an older version of Windows, you can access startup processes by running “msconfig.exe”.

Task Manager Startup

Clean your Desktop

If your desktop is cluttered with files, folders, and applications, this may contribute to longer boot times.

Cleaning your desktop will not only improve your boot time, it is also a good way to allow your wallpaper to show off its beauty.

BIOS Settings

If you spend half of your boot time waiting for your BIOS to complete its startup, you should change the settings in BIOS.

These options can vary depending on which BIOS you are using, but options like “Quick Boot” will improve the startup speed of your computer while providing you with a window to access the BIOS before loading into Windows.

Your computer’s BIOS can be accessed by pressing the DEL key during startup, or following the prompts displayed while your system is booting.


Fast Startup

Windows 8 and newer operating systems contain a feature called Fast Startup, which can increase your PC boot speed.

It is important to note that this setting requires Hibernation to be enabled.

This process may be enabled by default, and can be accessed through Power Options in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Windows 10 Fast Startup

Upgrade from Windows 7

While many users prefer Windows 7 to Windows 10, the newer operating system does have its advantages – including a quicker boot time.

Both Windows 10 and Windows 8 boot faster than Windows 7, although this can be dependent on what hardware you are running.

Windows 10 Laptop

Upgrade your RAM

If you are experiencing slow boot times along with system slowdowns and intermittent crashes due to a lack of memory, upgrading your RAM can solve these problems.

8GB of RAM is enough for most workloads and games, and having a lower amount than this could negatively impact performance – especially if you are running a newer operating system.

RAM modules

Buy an SSD

The best hardware upgrade for improving boot and load times is the purchase of an SSD.

After installing your operating system on a solid state drive, you will notice a big improvement in startup speed and load times, in addition to better storage transfer speeds.

Samsung 4TB SSD

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