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How to Speed up the Windows 10 Startup [November 2019]

Posted by Robert Hayes on October 27, 2019

Windows has long had a startup problem. No matter the version, it seems like it takes Redmond’s flagship family of operating systems forever and a day to jump from the long, painfully slow hardware bootup all the though the initialization of layer upon layer of services, APIs, kernels, and application programs to finally bring the functional desktop to a usable state. Windows 10 is supposedly faster than other earlier Windows platforms, but its startup still does take a while. However, Windows 10 has a few settings that you can configure to speed up the startup. In this article I will show you how to greatly reduce the startup time of your Windows 10 installation.

Turn on Fast Startup

Fast Startup is a Windows feature that sets the operating system in such a way that when you conduct a shutdown, Windows leaves everything just as it will need it for the startup. Your shutdown takes a bit longer, but when you turn the machine back on again, the startup routine will go much more quickly than before.

  1. Press the Win key + X and select Power Options from the menu.  Then select Addtional power settings from the right menu. That will open the window shown directly below.
  2. Select the Choose what the power buttons do option on the left. That opens the window below that includes a Turn on fast startup option. If the option is grayed out, select Change settings that are currently unavailable.

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3.  Sselect the Turn on fast startup option on that window and press the Save changes button to apply the selected setting.

Configure MSConfig

Another option to note is in MSConfig, covered in this TechJunkie article. Open MSConfig by pressing Win + R to open run and entering ‘msconfig’ there. Then click the Boot tab as shown below.

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Select the No GUI boot setting to removes the graphical moving bar during startup. Select the option, click Apply and OK to close MSConfig.

Reduce the Starting Loadup

The biggest thing you can control that will speed up the Windows 10 startup is to turn off Windows features and programs that you don’t need, but that normally load at startup – and there are a lot of them. The Task Manager gives you an overview of your startup software in Windows 10. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager to open it, and then select the Start-up tab as below.

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There you can choose a startup item and select Disable to remove it from the startup. Those with high startup impact will slow it down more. Consequently, it’s best to disable those programs with higher impact. Be careful – some of the things in this list are components that you use all the time.

Reduce Boot Menu Timeout

When you first start your PC, a boot menu appears for up to 30 seconds, giving you a chance to start your computer in special modes. Since this is something you will rarely actually need to do, you can save some boot time by cutting this timeout to the minimum.

  1.  Hit Start->Control Panel->System->Advanced System Settings.
  2. Select Settings under Startup & Recovery.
  3. Under Time to display list of operating systems, set the value to 0 (or to a few seconds if you do sometimes need to make different choices).

Turn it Off and Turn it On Again

It has been a cliche from the first version of Windows – if you want to make it work better, turn it off and turn it back on again. It’s true for the startup sequence as well. If you regularly turn your computer off and then back on again, boots will tend to be faster as the system loads everything afresh.

If you want to speed up your Windows 10 PC in general, and not just the startup sequence, be sure to read our thorough guide to improving Windows 10 performance.

Or you could just ignore all considerations of speed by getting one of the most powerful PCs around – and it’s not even going to break five figures to pick up this speed demon.

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