Jul 20, 2011
If we care enough after buying a new computer, you might notice that after a few weeks or so that it tends to boot a little longer than before. Day after day upon installing and uninstalling applications, it seems that booting your computer will take forever. But there are simple things that we can do on our own to minimize the time it takes your computer to boot. You would normally spend just a couple of minutes of your time to tweak some settings. Though there are hundreds of ways to this, we will just mention a few that will surely speed up computer boot time.
BIOS Tweaks – by default your computer’s BIOS settings is setup to make everyone happy. Normally, the first boot device that is configured to boot from is the CD ROM. Followed by other bootable devices like USB and your HDDs. If this is the way it is configured, changed it in a way that your primary drive will boot first. Primary drive means that it is the drive were your OS resides. This will speed up the boot time by directly telling the BIOS not to look for any bootable device but go straight to your primary drive. When BIOS looks and test for a bootable device, it will take a considerable amount of time to perform those tasks of searching and testing bootable devices.
Disable Auto-Launch of Some Apps – After installing your favorite application or software, sometimes you will be asked to allow that particular application to launch after your OS loads up. It means that this app will launch automatically before you see the login screen. If this is the case, as more and more of those applications configured for auto-launch you will be waiting much longer for your computer to load the OS. To decrease boot time, you can choose what application to launch at startup by running msconfig. Just press the Windows logo + R to open the Run dialog box then type msconfig. In Startup tab, uncheck the application thay you want not to launch at startup. To choose which application to uncheck, you should consider application that is not necessary or that can be launch manually. Applications like PC Suit, Nokia Ovi Suite, Bluetooth Software, Google Update, Adobe Acrobat etc.
Disable Windows Services That You Don’t Need – if you don’t need a particular service you can disable it using the same method above using msconfig. Just choose the Services tab and uncheck the services that you will not be using for a long time. Services like DHCP Client should be disabled if your computer is configured to have a static IP. If your computer has a built-in bluetooth device but you seldom use it, you can also disable the Bluetooth Service.
Change Boot Timeout Values – this is applicable only to those computers having dual-boot system. This timeout value will give you enough time to choose between the two OS. But you can minimize this value or you can stop the countdown by manually moving up and down between the two OS. To minimize the value, you will also use msconfig. This time click the Boot tab, then change the value of timeout in seconds that can be found on the lower right of the GUI.
Update Your Virus Definitions Regularly – prevention is better than cure, so always update your virus definitions to avoid having creepy and malicious programs running. Malwares and computer viruses will eat all the resources it needs to spread and infect other computers. But if it happens that your computer already got viruses, you can try to download ComboFix.exe. This will give a sure shot of disabling the virus itself from launching. Then, you can proceed to updating your virus definition and performing a full scan. If your antivirus can run on Safe Mode, do it. Most of the time, viruses and malwares cannot run on Safe Mode.
Remove Unused Fonts - this seems to be a very daunting task. Fonts are loaded everytime your computer goes online. These files are loaded in your RAM so that it can be retrieve efficiently and fast. When the installed fonts increases, loading it all will take much RAM and will take considerable time. Taking some time to review all the fonts that you do not need will benefit you in the long run. Remember that you do not have to delete the font files, just move it to another folder so that it will be loaded by the OS.
Increase Your RAM – as computer parts decreases over time, you might find out that your computer’s RAM is much cheaper than before. Increasing the memory capacity of your computer will greatly increase the speed of your machine. But remember that a particular operating system can only handle a particular size of RAM. For example Windows XP 32-bit can only utilize a maximum RAM size of 2GB, while Windows 7 64-bit can handle up to 192GB of RAM! For a detailed information about this, check out this Microsoft site.
Replace Your HDD With SSD – though this is not simple as it sounds, your computer will get much performance boost by installing an SSD. Solid state drives have super-fast read times because this technology does not use spindles and read/write arms anymore. SSDs utilize NAND chips to store memory for fast retrieval. To learn more about SSD technology, read my post about the facts that you should know about it. I put it here as the last option because there are things that you should know first before utilizing its power.
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