If you have a PC that’s slower than a tortoise swimming through treacle, you’ll want to reduce its workload for a faster start up time. This is easy enough to do, it’s just a matter of reducing the tasks your computer has to trawl through and running a virus scan, amongst other things. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and will save you an age of waiting for Internet Explorer to load. Read on for our top five guide to making your PC start up faster.
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1) Block Windows 8’s start up programs
Every time you leave the ‘Open [software] on startup’ box checked when you install a program it gives your computer more to do when turning it on. Do this on enough occasions and you’ll give your computer too much to do when booting up. To change the programs which open automatically, press the Ctrl, Alt and Del keys simultaneously and then click on Task Manager.
Select the Startup tab and you should now see this screen:
To disable a process, click on it and then select the Disable button (highlighted) in the bottom-right corner of the window. It’s probably not a good idea to disable your security software as this might stop your protection from malware when you turn on your PC, but programs like Skype, Evernote and your printer or scanner software can slow you down and are safe to disable.
2. Check for Viruses and Malware
Viruses, spyware and other malware can really slow down your computer’s startup –as well as compromising its security. To stop them, run virus scans regularly with your antivirus program (AVG, Kaspersky etc) and keep them up to date to stay protected from the latest threats. Run a one-off scan if you haven’t done so in a while. Windows Defender is the default anti-virus installed on Windows 8 – to start a scan with it, open it up, and then choose a ‘Full’, ‘Quick’ or ‘Custom’ scan and then click ‘Scan now’.
3. Upgrade your RAM
If your computer has only a small amount of RAM, upgrading it will speed up your computer. It’s quite a simple procedure and even the inexperienced can install new RAM with our handy guide.
4. Remove junk software
It never hurts to remove software you never or rarely use, and doing so will only help your boot time. In Windows 8, go to the Start screen and type control panel. When faced with the window above choose ‘Uninstall a program’ in its bottom-left. Finally, double-click the program you want to uninstall and follow the wizard.
5. Clean up the registry
You can use an easy-to-use tool called CCleaner which you can download here. Cleaning the registry removes unused database entries. This can remove a second or two from your boot.
Once you’ve downloaded CCleaner, run it and navigate to the registry tab on the left.
Click ‘Scan for Issues’ in the bottom-left corner
When the scan is complete click ‘Fix selected issues’ in the bottom-right corner. Back up the registry if you want to, in case anything goes wrong.
Then click ‘Fix all selected issues’ at the next dialogue box to finish.