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How To Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster


Do you stare impatiently at your computer screen as that little spinning circle taunts you? We've all been there. A slow boot time can be a real drag, especially when you're eager to jump into work, browse the web, or finally beat that level on your favorite game.

But fear not, fellow computer user! There are several ways to get your Windows PC booting up nice and speedy. Even if you're a beginner, these simple tricks can make a big difference.

1. Unleash the Fast Startup!

Windows has a built-in feature called "Fast Startup" that acts like a shortcut to get you up and running quicker. Instead of completely shutting down everything, it remembers certain things from your last session so it can boot up faster the next time.

Here's how to enable it:

  1. Click on the Start menu and type in "Power Options".
  2. Click on "Choose what the power buttons do" on the left side.
  3. Click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" (don't worry, it's not actually unavailable!).
  4. Under "Shutdown settings", make sure the box next to "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" is checked.
  5. Click "Save changes".

2. Clean Out the Digital Clutter

Over time, your computer collects all sorts of temporary files and programs that you might not even use. These can slow down your boot process. Luckily, Windows has a handy tool called "Disk Cleanup" to help you clear things out.

  1. Open the Start menu and type in "Disk Cleanup".
  2. Select your main drive (usually C:) and click "OK".
  3. A list of files will pop up. Take a look through the descriptions and check off the boxes next to the ones you don't need (like temporary internet files).
  4. Click "Clean up system files" for even more options.
  5. Once you're happy with your selection, click "Clean Up Files".

3. Tame the Startup Programs

There might be programs running in the background that you don't even realize are there, slowing down your boot time. Let's take control!

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the "Startup" tab.
  3. You'll see a list of programs that start up automatically when you turn on your computer.
  4. Look for programs you don't recognize or ones you rarely use.
  5. Right-click on those programs and select "Disable".

Bonus Tip: Consider Upgrading Your Hardware

If you've tried these tricks and your PC is still lagging, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Switching from a hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD) can make a huge difference in boot speed. An SSD is much faster at reading and writing data, so your computer will boot up in a flash!

By following these simple steps, you can kiss slow boot times goodbye and get your PC running nice and smooth again.

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Posted: 2024-06-10
By: dwirch
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