You’ve done this all before. And got the t-shirt. You have to do something right now on your PC but the screen is blank, meaning it’s turned off. You growl. You’ve got time to brew and drink a cup of coffee whilst Windows decides what it needs to do to get your computer to run. I mean, it’s not like it’s got other things to do.
So how can you make your Windows PC boot up quicker?
It seems like the older your PC is, the longer it takes for it to boot up. You begin to think that Microsoft has shares in your energy company as they appear to want you to leave your computer running 24 hours a day.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to speed up the time it takes your computer to boot up.
Windows checks anything that automatically runs as soon as you start your computer.Naturally that includes the version of Windows you’re running. Plus all the other software that absolutely must run on your system. Windows Messenger. iTunes for your music. Anti-virus (this is essential). Maybe anti-spyware software. Skype so you can make cheap phone calls. The list goes on. Every time Windows boots up, it checks each and every one of these start-up programs.
It is possible to discover what these programs are. But you should be careful – just because you don’t recognize a program doesn’t automatically mean it shouldn’t be running. Some of the services that run behind the scenes have quite obscure names that don’t mean anything to you. But removing them, you’ll be in trouble. If you’re in any doubt about a start-up program, play safe and leave it be. It won’t do you any good if you remove a program, only to spend hours (or dollars) fixing the trouble. Unless you’re brave, I’d suggest leaving start-up programs to your computer support person.
The next thing you can do is clean up the Windows registry. This is the part of Windows that holds all sorts of information about your computer. Most of it is necessary. Trouble is, every time you remove or delete a program it will almost always leave traces of itself in the registry. Over time, this will mean your computer slows down while it checks all this out of date stuff. Occasionally it could even crash your computer altogether.
The easiest way to clean the registry is to run a special piece of software called (surprisingly enough) a registry checker. This will wizz through your registry, checking for things that shouldn’t be there. After the scan, you’ll get a simple report and the program can be allowed to go off and correct the errors it’s found. This is probably the simplest thing you can do to speed up your PC. Personally, I let Error Sweeper run every night to find and fix registry errors.
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