How to Make Windows Startup, Run, Shutdown Faster

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The below mentioned detailed tips will help you in making your Windows startup faster, Run and shutdown faster. The below tips is applicable for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows in general.

Note – For a normal user the first few tips are basically more than sufficient to make run Windows faster. However, the remaining tips are for those who really want their windows system to work faster. I recommend you to create a system restore point first before changing or applying any tips to your system and I also suggest you not to make too many modifications at one time. Also check if any particular changes apply to your version of Windows.

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While you can perform the changes manually, using freeware like Ultimate Windows Tool or WinPatrol may make things simpler for you.

Limit the number of start-ups

If you do not require any programs at starting up your Windows, then just disable them. If you need any program then you can always start it manually by clicking on the software icon. I would like to suggest not having any startups – only antivirus software running. So, it depends upon you which program you really need at the time of start-up of your Windows boots. You can use msconfig in Windows or Task Manager to manage startup programs. You may also delay Startup Programs or control the sequence in which they load at the time when boots.

Eliminate pre-installed unwanted program

Uninstall the unwanted program which may have come pre-installed on your new Windows computer, because these unwanted program takes memory space as well as it makes a machine to crawl.

Reduce Visual Effects

To reduce Visual Effects, open Control Panel and look for Visual Effects. Under the Performance Options, you can adjust for best performance and you can also select or unselect the options manually. This will change the visual effects. You may need to check smooth edges of screen fonts and therefore you may go for a Custom selection.

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If you do not select any option then it can actually cancel out the purpose of “eye-friendly” on Windows 7 & 8 and make it look and feel as if it lack it strong features so use your mind and select your option carefully.

Defragment Drives

Defragment your Drives on regular intervals. You can use in built Windows 8 defragmenter which is good at defragmenting files in the background, however if you wish you can use any defragmentation software too.

Check Hard Disk for errors

At regular intervals it is good to check hard disk drive for any errors by using the command come into Windows known as CHKDSK (for Check Disk). The disk is regularly checked for file system errors lost clusters, bad sectors, etc at the time of Automatic Maintenance and thus now you do not have to really go and run it.

Remove Junk files, Clean Registry & optimize Windows

Though removing junk and temporary files may not make your Windows run faster, however it is just a matter of keeping your PC at good. Therefore, you can use built in Disk Cleanup Utility to remove junk and temp files. To clean registry errors you may also use any third party registry cleaner software as it is good idea to remove left over registry keys and compacting the registry to make your computer work faster.

Fix It for slow Windows PCs

Microsoft has launched a Fix It for slow Windows PCs. It will automatically analyses and fix the root cause of the poor performance of the system, such as the power saver settings, multiple startup programs running, multiple anti-virus programs running and too many user logged on to the Windows PC.

Set High Performance Power Plan

The default Power Settings in the “power saver” plan restrict the CPU to 50% in Windows 7/Vista. Open the Power Options Control Panel and set it to “High Performance” that will provide your CPU to full throttle.

If you are normal computer users, the above mentioned tips are enough for you. However, if you are looking for more tips and tricks to make your Windows computer to work faster then follow the below tips as well:

Performance Information and Tools

Identify software, features, drivers that are slowing down a fast start up, use Performance Information and Tools to shutdown or hibernate.

Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics

You may also use the built-in Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics to identify Windows Boot Performance problems and try to find out their root causes.

Processor Scheduling

Depending on the usage of your Windows PCs, you can configure processor scheduling, it will give you the best performance while using software or for any Background Processes.

Disable Windows Services

Windows has over 140 services installed! Disable the services only when you are sure you do not need it. For example, if your computer is a stand-alone one, there could be several services which you can disable or change over to manual mode. Auto starting and stopping services takes lots of time and resources.

Personal preferences will state which you should consider disabling. But there are a few Automatic services which you could consider setting to Manual:

  • Disable the “Print Spooler” service, if you don’t use a printer.
  • Disable the “Tablet PC Input” service, if you’re not running a Tablet PC,.
  • Disable the “Windows Image Acquisition” Service.
  • If you don’t connect cameras, webcams, or scanners to your PC

I would suggest you not to disable the “ReadyBoost” service even if you don’t use it as “ReadyBoot” is included into this service so modifying this service to manual or disable will slow down your boot time.

Disable Search Indexer

If you do not use Search option frequently, you may look to considering disabling Search Indexing. To do this, open Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Performance Information and Tools,onn the LHS you will notice options to Adjust Indexing options, Visual Effects, Power Settings, etc. Unmark files to index under “Indexing Options” in the Control Panel,but the complete method to disable indexing will involve you to get into your hard disk’s properties and unmarking the option “Index this drive for faster searching”. You must go into Service.msc, disable and stop the “Windows Search” service.

Note – Keep in mind that the Search Indexer only runs when the PC is idle, so you may not need to disable this very powerful feature in Windows 8/7.

Disable Transient Multimon Manager (TMM)

The Transient Multimon Manager (TMM) is a Microsoft Windows operating system feature’s main aim is to optimize the user experience of connecting and disconnecting display, specifically for the mobile user. When you start Windows Vista (or later version), you notice 3-4 second delay followed by a blank black screen. During this time Windows searches for external monitors. So, if you do not use any external monitors, you may always safely turn this off!

In order to disable TMM, Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Task Schedular. On LHS, expand “Task Scheduler Library”, expand “Microsoft”, then expand “Windows” and lastly click on “MobilePC”. You will notice a task called “TMM”. Right click on it and chose “Disable”.

Boot Defragmentation

make sure that boot defragmentation is active, so that files used at start-up are clubbed collectively. To check this, start Regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Dfrg\ BootOptimizeFunction

Choose “Enable” from the list, right click on it and select “Modify”. Select Y to enable and N to disable. Reboot.

Disable Clear page file on shutdown

For security purpose, if you have set your Page File to be cleared on each shutdown, then it will take some time. Cleaning the page file on each system shutdown means overwriting the data by zeroes and hence it takes time.

To modify this setting, open Registry Editor and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Session Manager\ Memory Management

Modify (and if not available, right-click in open space and create) the Value Data Type/s and Value Name/s:
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value]
Value Name: ClearPageFileAtShutdown
Setting for Value Data: [0 = Clear Page File Disabled / 1 = Clear Page File Enabled]
Exit Registry and Reboot.

You can also use Microsoft Fix It or our Ultimate Windows Tweaker to automatically do it.

Other Miscellaneous tips

1– One small and easy tip! Restart your PC once in a week, particularly if you are using it a lot. Restarting a computer is a best means to clear out its memory and making sure that any bad processes and services that started running will get shut down.

2 – At the time of Boot, go to BIOS settings, by pressing DEL key during boot-up, and disable ‘Seek floppy drive’ feature. This is for those users who do not use floppy drives and it save times. There are also some BIOS hacks like Disabling Boot Delay, Enabling Quick Post, etc, but best to cease from these.

3 – Usually people also suggest clearing the Prefetch directory once in a while. However, Windows uses this directory to speed up launching programs. It examines the files you use at startup and the program you launch, and it generate the index to where those program and files are placed on your hard disk. Windows uses this index and thus it can start files or program faster. So, it depends on you, if you remove the prefetch files then be ready to use “un-optimized” windows for a little while. I would suggest that “The Prefecther is best left alone!” In any situation Windows clean it at 128 entries down to 32 most used program’s prefetch files.

4 – Deactivate Windows startup/shutdown/logon/logoff sounds. To deactivate it Open Control Panel > Sounds & audio devices > Sound tab. In Program Events select ‘No sound’ for these events.

5 – Change the Boot-Order Sequence. Generally, the BIOS is set to boot first from floppy, then CD and then from Hard Disk, Changing Boot order first to Hard Disk, than to Floppy/CD, could possibly “save” a second.

6Disable the Screen Saver if you don’t require it. To disable it right-Click on your Windows 8 Desktop > Personalize > ScreenSaver > None > OK.

7Fonts take some time to load. Removing the font may save some resources. However, you must be very careful in deciding which fonts to be remove, if you remove any systemfonts, then you might face issues.

8 – For reducing shutdown time, open Regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlSet / Control

Click on the “Control” Folder. Select “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” then right-click on it and select Modify. The default value will be 20000. Setting it to 4 digit values, (say 4000) will make your computer shutdown faster, but it could delete data or cause possible disk corruption, so use this tips sensibly. Take a note that in any case windows does not recognize a 3-digit numeric here.

9 – Remove some in-built programs Windows installs, that you do not use or need. You may not be using Games application, etc, so just uninstall them. For doing so, open Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On or Off and do the needful.

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