How to Optimize the Startup Sequence on Windows 7

How to Optimize the Startup Sequence on Windows 7

Every time you boot up your PC, you spend anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes of your life waiting for everything to load. That is time you will never get back. If you want to speed up your boot sequence and improve the performance of your PC, then there are a number of easy tips you can implement.

By following just a few of the following tips, you should be able to shave a considerable amount of time off each and every startup sequence.

Set Windows to login automatically

Many PC users get annoyed when they power on their computer, leave the room for a couple minutes, and then come back to find their system waiting for input at the login screen. If you’re the only person who uses your PC, then you probably don’t need to see the account screen at all. If that’s the case, you can set windows to login automatically.

To do this, go to the Windows 7 Start menu and search for ‘user accounts’. In the menu that pops up, check the box that says ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.’ Next, you’ll be prompted for the username and password that you want to automatically login with. Enter that information, click the OK button, then restart your computer.

You can even set Windows to automatically login to accounts that have passwords. Keep in mind that this could pose a security risk, and if you’re worried about unauthorized people accessing your account, then you probably shouldn’t allow Windows to login automatically.

Disable certain Windows features

If you have a premium level operating system like Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, then you’re probably not using all of its features. For that reason, you can easily disable the ones you don’t need in order to unlock faster startup performance.

You may want to disable the ‘Games’ feature, or the Internet Information Services tool, for example, if you never use them. This option can be found in the Windows Control Panel under ‘Programs and Features’.

Use an SSD

If you’re serious about improving your computer’s startup performance, then you may want to invest in an SSD (Solid State Drive). Instead of using moving parts like a traditional hard drive, an SSD is in a ‘solid’ state. While the technology behind an SSD is complex, the user benefits are easy to understand. By using one in your PC, and then installing your operating system and other startup programs on it, you can significantly increase your computer’s performance.

SSDs are smaller and more expensive than traditional hard drives, so if you’re on a tight budget, then the performance benefits may not be worth it to you. However, watch for SSDs to come down in price over the next few years.

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