How to speed up Windows 10 startup: With each passing day, your PC equipped with Windows 10 it only gives new signs of slowing down: lately, you have noticed that it is getting slower and slower and it worries you a lot. Have you still not been able to understand the cause of the problem and, not being very familiar with the computer, have you decided to read up on the Internet to find a solution? Well, then know that you’ve come to the right place at the right time!
In fact, in the tutorial you are about to read, I will explain to you what the problems may be at the origin of the slowness of your PC and I will help you understand how to speed up the startup of Windows 10. I already anticipate that among the most common causes of slow PC startups are the high number of programs set to run automatically, the use of underperforming system optimization software or the presence of obsolete hardware components or worn out: you just have to identify the problem that actually affects your machine and fix it. How? I’ll explain it right away.
Let’s not waste any more precious time chatting and immediately take action to make your computer more “snappy” during startup. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time necessary to focus on reading the next paragraphs and, more importantly, implement the “tips” that I will give you. You will see, thanks to my suggestions, you will surely be able to improve, as much as possible, the performance of your PC during startup. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
Disable the automatic start of the programs
Disable the automatic start of some programs it is the first trick that I invite you to put into practice, if you want speed up the startup of Windows 10. Why do you need to do this? Simple: if at the start of the system there are many programs that run automatically, a large amount of RAM will be used without any real need and, as easily foreseeable, the PC will be slow to start up and perform all the other operations it will need then carry out.
If you want to remedy the problem, therefore, you must absolutely disable the automatic execution of all those software that you do not need to use when Windows 10 starts. To do this, all you have to do is call the tool Activity management (Also known as Task Manager), which allows you to monitor in real time all the processes running on your PC, system performance and many other parameters, including the programs set for automatic start.
To call up the Activity Management tool, press the keys simultaneously Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your PC keyboard and then click on the item Activity management present in the menu that opens or, if you prefer, right-click in an “empty” spot on the taskbar and select the item Activity management from the context menu.
After launching Task Manager, click on the item (⌵) More details (if you view the window in reduced mode), click on the tab Start located at the top and provide to disable the programs set for the automatic start that returns unnecessary by clicking on them names and selecting the item Disable from the menu that opens. Alternatively, select the programs to be deactivated and press the button Disable which is located in the lower right corner of the window.
Now all you have to do is repeat the operation for all the other superfluous programs that run automatically when Windows starts and you’re done. If you want advice, especially disable those software that have a significant energy impact on system startup. In this regard, you can refer to the information in the column Startup impact of Activity Management, in which specific information is provided in this regard: if the wording is present in correspondence with a program Highfor example, the software in question has a significant impact on Windows 10 startup times and therefore it would be advisable to disable it using the procedure I have shown you a moment ago; if, however, you see the words Low or None, the program has an almost insignificant energy impact.
Caution: in disabling the programs set to start automatically, be careful not to disable system components, antivirus and all other software that have the task of keeping your PC safe (including system components), otherwise you could risk to seriously compromise the security and stability of Windows 10. Understanding?
Defragment the disk
One of the maintenance operations that must be carried out periodically on Windows, to speed up the computer at startup and in daily use, is to defragment the disk. With the passage of time, in fact, the data saved on the PC are arranged in a disorderly way due to the lack of contiguous spaces on the disk. This phenomenon is called fragmentation and mainly affects i file systems used by Windows (like theNTFS and the FAT32) and magnetic disks: if there is an SSD on your PC, in fact, this operation is not necessary.
Since Windows “suffers” from the problem of data fragmentation on the disk, it automatically performs defragmentation thus putting the data saved on the unit in order without requiring any external intervention by the user. However, nothing prevents you from making sure that automatic defragmentation is actually set on your PC, especially if you fear that you have inadvertently disabled this maintenance operation.
To proceed with this verification, type “defragment and optimize units” in Cortana search bar located at the bottom left and click on the first result that is found. In the window that opens, presses the button Change settings, put a check mark on the items Run on a schedule (recommended) is Notification in case of three consecutive scheduled executions not completed, select the option Every week from the menu Frequency and, finally, save any changes made by pressing the button OK. For more information on how to defragment your PC, also read the guide that I have already published on my blog.
Avoid software for system optimization
Avoid installing software for system optimization is another trick that I recommend you take if you want to speed up Windows 10 startup times. Maybe this advice will seem a bit strange, but I guarantee that following it is one of the best ways to avoid slowing down your PC at startup and now I will also explain why.
Many software that are “passed off” as useful for optimizing and speeding up the system actually have a far from positive impact on its performance. Some of these programs, in fact, to do their “job”, must always remain running and, as can be easily understood, this rather than lightening the workload of the system further aggravates it causing slowdowns (even quite evident) and when starting the system, which during normal use of the machine.
If not used properly, these programs can even seriously compromise the correct functioning of the computer: this happens especially when you get your hands on the registry keys and other Windows settings that it would be better not to modify, thus causing serious instability.
If you really want to optimize the system, use the tools included by default in Windows or software with proven reliability, such as those I told you about in my tutorials on how to remove errors in the registry (function that I recommend to use only if you are aware of where to put your hands) e how to optimize PC performance.
Restore the system
Also restore the system you may find it useful to speed up the startup of Windows 10. If the problems you encountered occurred after installing a program, driver or any other element, you can solve the problem using the restore points which, if you do not know, allow you to restore the status of the PC to a previous moment by removing programs and drivers installed subsequently (and instead keeping personal files intact).
Obviously, to restore your PC to a previous state it is assumed that you have already created one or more restore points (I have explained how to do it in this guide, remember?). To restore your system via a restore point, do the following: type “restoration” in Cortana search bar located at the bottom left, click on the item Restoration and, in the window that opens, click on Open System Restore and then on Forward. Then, it indicates the date to which the system status should be reported and starts the recovery procedure by pressing first on Forward and then on end is Yup. If you want more information on how to use restore points on windows 10, read the guide I dedicated to the topic.
If you have not created restore points, you can still restore Windows 10 via the function Reset your PC (reachable from the section Update and security of the Settings Windows 10) with which to restore the PC by deleting all the files or keeping some of them: if you remember, I have already explained how to do this in the guides where I explain how to restore windows 10 is how to format windows 10.
Update / replace hardware components
Although you have scrupulously followed all the “tips” that I have given you in the previous lines, do you still notice a certain slowness in starting the system? I’m sorry to tell you but, in this case, you have no choice but update or replace the hardware components of your PC: if they are obsolete and / or worn, in fact, they are the “culprits” of the slow startup of Windows 10.
One of the components that you should definitely consider replacing is the hard disk: if your PC is equipped with a mechanical hard disk, replace it with asolid state drive (SSD) and you will be surprised to see how fast your computer will speed up both when you turn it on and when you start programs.
If you’ve never heard of it, SSDs are nothing more than mass storage that uses semiconductor-based flash technology to store files. To give you an idea of how fast these memories are, know that thanks to an SSD drive you can start Windows “cold” in a few seconds.
Before buying a new SSD, however, I recommend reading the Buying Guide dedicated that I have already published on my blog: there you will find useful tips to choose the units that best suit your needs and, above all, your pockets. If you decide to install the new hardware components purchased using the do-it-yourself, then, take a stroll on the guides in which I explain how to assemble PC is how to power up your PC: the tips in these tutorials will be very useful, especially if it is the first time that you “take apart” a computer piece by piece.