Improving Laptop Boot Times

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I have been asked a few times lately how to improve boot time on a laptop. Well, my first answer is an SSD, which will do it!  But that is not always an option, whereas changing programs on startup usually is.

I bought a new laptop about a year ago. It's a big gaming rig. The first thing I noticed was the amount of bloatware on the thing; by the time it loaded up all the extras, a new version of my laptop had been released!  Okay, it wasn't quite that bad, but you know what I mean.

The easiest way to speed up boot time is to stop the programs on startup.  Below are steps on how to do this with Windows 7:

Change Startup Programs

1.  Click the Windows "Start" button and type "msconfig" in the search text box. This opens the System Configuration console.

2.  Click the "Startup" tab. This gives you a view of all the programs installed as startup options on your computer.

3.  Check boxes of the applications you want to start when you boot the computer. For programs you no longer want to start, clear the check box.

4.  Click "Apply" and close the configuration window. A window will ask if you want to reboot the computer. Click "Restart" to reboot the computer and save the changes.

It varies slightly depending on the version of Windows you have but most of them use msconfig. If you are like me and happen to have a copy of Windows laying around, you may just want to reinstall a clean version and then install just what you want on the machine. This does take more time and effort and is a topic for another day.

Have a great weekend!