If you’re someone who runs a home server as a hobby, or even just a regular computer user who wants to get the job done, you probably have an idea how essential it is to have a fast Windows startup time. Imagine how inconvenient and time consuming it would be if you have to restart a server. Chances are, visitors who are currently connected to your server will have to wait three minutes of downtime, then another five minutes in order for the computer to fully load. When time is money, one can’t really afford any minute waiting for a computer to load.

Below are few ways on how you make your Windows 7 boot faster:

Use MSConfig

MSConfig is a Windows tool that is absolutely important in managing the many aspects of your computer’s behavior during its boot time. Here’s how to access it:

On your keyboard, press the Windows key + [R] to launch the Run command. Now, type “msconfig” on the field, then press [Enter]. If you’re having a hard time finding the Windows key, you can type “run” in the search field at the bottom of the Start menu, and then press [Enter].

Next, type “msconfig” in the dialog, then press [Enter]. You will be brought to the System Configuration screen. In there, click on the Startup tab and then check for any program that you think is not necessary to start up when Windows boots. Un-check the box beside that program to remove it from your computer’s startup.

Alternatively, you can go to the Services tab to disable services that you don’t really need. However, be extra careful and you need to make sure that those programs are really not important during start up, otherwise you may end up disabling something that your computer needs in order to start up properly. If in case this happens, you can always go back to the Services tab and re-enable that service again.

If you’re using two or more operating systems on your PC and manage the boot sequence through your current Windows installation, proceed to the Boot tab, and then type a lower number under Timeout. The default timeout for Windows is 30 seconds, which makes the computer boot faster only if you plan to leave it unattended after turning it on.

Device Manager

The operating system loads all of your device drivers and essential services when you see the loading screen in Windows that says “Starting Windows.” Obviously, disabling some of the drivers that Windows loads will help in speeding up the computer’s loading time. To enter the Device Manager, do the following:

Click on the Start menu, then Control Panel. Once you’re inside the Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound. Now, under Devices and Printers, click on Device Manager. This opens a window that will show you all the devices that are attached to your computer. Windows has to load drivers for each one of these devices.

Next, expand any of the device categories and explore which devices you are not using. Right-click on any device that you want, and then click Disable. This instructs Windows to ignore the drivers for that device. Make sure you don’t disable any devices that your computer needs to operate properly, such as the network interface or display adapter.

Delay Services

We all need to admit it — we need the majority of the services that run on Windows’ startup. If you’re not brave enough to disable the services, you can always delay them. When you delay a service, Windows ignores the service until enough resources are free to start the service. Once Windows finishes booting up, it will then start to load every service you have delayed. To put services on hold when Windows starts, you need to access the Services dialog in Administrative Tools:

First, access Control Panel using the same process mentioned above. Once you’re in Control Panel, click on System and Security, and then click on Administrative Tools. In the new window that opens, double-click onServices. Once you’re in Services, right-click any service you want to delay, then select Properties.

Click on the drop-down menu next to Startup Type, then select Automatic (Delayed Start). Do not do this to services that already have the Manual startup type, since it will just flood your computer with unnecessary services. Click OK, then repeat the process as many times as you need to. Just make sure not to disable any service you’re not sure of.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:48:11 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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