If you’re sick of waiting for your PC to start up every time you sit down, then there are a number of ways to speed up your boot time. Most of these tips are easy to implement, although some will appeal mostly to advanced users. If you want to stop wasting time and speed up your PC’s boot time, then this is the best place to start.

Remove unnecessary startup programs

Every time your computer boots up, it enables tens or even hundreds of different processes. The problem is that most users only need a handful of these processes. By preventing these tasks from starting up, you can devote system resources to the tasks that truly matter and significantly speed up your Windows load times.

To do this, go to your start menu and type ‘msconfig’ (without the quotation marks) into a search box or run box. This will open up a menu that tells you which programs start up when your computer boots. Once there, you can remove any tasks that you don’t use by unchecking the boxes beside the names of these programs. If you don’t know what some tasks do, simply Google them to find out what other users are saying. After that, restart your computer to reflect these changes and your PC should now boot up slightly faster.

Ensure that your antivirus software is up to date

Scanning your computer regularly with an antivirus is one of the most effective ways to increase the speed of your PC. By eliminating viruses on your computer, you reduce the amount of system resources devoted to malware and other malicious tasks. Along with increasing the general performance of your PC, being virus-free will also reduce the time it takes for Windows to boot.

Clean your Windows Registry

The Windows Registry is filled with lots of important data that is essential to your PC’s operation. However, over time, this data can become corrupt or go missing, which leads to error messages, slowdowns, crashes, and a longer load time. To prevent this from happening to you, be sure to regularly scan your PC using a registry cleaner.

Disable unused hardware

Sometimes, Windows thinks that you use more hardware than you actually have. For that reason, it loads a bunch of hardware drivers when your computer starts up. This drains system performance and increases the time it takes for Windows to boot. To disable these unnecessary drivers, find your ‘Device Manager’ (simply type it into the search box) and scan the menu for anything you no longer use.

For example, many PC users do not use Bluetooth devices on their PCs, in which case you can safely disable the Bluetooth driver listed in the device manager. Other uncommon drivers, like Wi-Fi adapters and modems, can also be disabled.

Remove unnecessary fonts

One of the time-honored ways to speed up Windows boot times is to disable unnecessary fonts. Every time your PC starts up, Windows spends a fair amount of time loading over 200 different fonts. If you’re like most people, then you will never come close to using all of these fonts, in which case you can disable them to speed up your PC.

To do this, open up the ‘Fonts’ folder from the Start Menu search box in Windows 7 and deselect any fonts that you do not need. Windows makes this process as easy as possible, as users can see both the name of the font they’re removing and the actual font itself.

Change your BIOS settings (advanced)

This is one of the more advanced options available to users, as it involves tweaking your BIOS settings. To enter your BIOS menu, tap the ‘Delete’ key (or whichever button your PC tells you to press) immediately as your PC starts up. Once you’re in the BIOS screen, find a menu that says ‘Boot Priority’ or ‘Boot Order’ and place your hard drive at the top of that list. Or, to make your life easier, some BIOS menus even have a ‘Quick Boost’ option that will do this for you. Simply enable this setting, save your changes, and then quit. Your PC should now load noticeably faster.

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