How to Make Computer Boot FasterLevel of difficulty: Intermediate
It is very exasperating to wait for slow Operating Systems to load, especially if you need to extract or edit files in a hurry. There are several solutions to this problem and by the time you are done tweaking your computer, your Windows Operating System should load in no time at all.
The first step involves editing 'msconfig'. Click on the start button on the lower left corner of your screen. Click on 'run' and type in 'msconfig' in the provided field. This will bring you to a pop-up window.
Search for BOOT.INI tab. You will see a box with the label, 'Timeout' and a numerical value. This numerical value corresponds to the amount of time in seconds that a system will wait before it actually boots.
Do not add programs that are not essential to you in the startup programs folder. This adds to the amount of time spent on waiting for all the programs to load.
Defragmenting your disk keeps allocation of data in your hard drive systematic and easier to access. The disk defragmenter tool is located in the accessories portion of the start menu. The amount of time it takes to defragment your disk depends on the amount of defragmentation and the size of your disk. Generally, defragmentation eats up a lot of time and to speed this process up, try not to run any programs while the defragmentation process is ongoing.
Deleting temporary files from your computer can help applications, especially those included in the startup folder, to run faster. Once again, click on 'start' and 'run', but this time, write %Temp% in the given field. A folder containing a lot of files will appear. Press Ctrl+A to select all files and then press delete.
Boot into Safe Mode. To do this, restart your computer and press the key F8 continuously. Pressing F8 continually enables the list showing startup options to appear. You can then choose the Safe Mode option from the list and continue to desktop. Safe mode is usually used in cases where Windows has the inability to load properly in normal mode. This mode does not load the Windows startup programs and does not go through most of the Windows settings. It is usually used to fix errors in programs that may cause the Operating System to malfunction.
You may remove any unnecessary programs that drain resources from your computer using the add/remove icons. This can be done using the following easy steps: Click on Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. Check all unknown programs.
You can now reboot your computer back into standard Windows mode.
Windows system maintenance:
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