The principal cause of slow computer startup performance is the quantity of applications running as Windows boots up. This article shows how to decrease the number of initialized applications and improve the ones you leave active.
A slow computer boot speed can be improved by using regular Windows utilities. Begin by opening the System Configuration utility on the startup tab (Start / Run / enter msconfig and hit enter). This Windows utility lists off the registry settings relating to which files are enabled/disabled to begin at boot time.
Of the programs listed, you should only disable those programs you are familiar with and do not feel are critical. You could also use Add/Remove Programs to completely be rid of them. Do not try disabling anti-virus program updates as this could endanger your computers health.
Of the programs you leave enabled in the MSConfig tool, you can improve slow computer boot performance by making sure you these are optimized. You could use a computer repairs maintenance application to update these programs and check their registry settings are not corrupted or choose to manually check for program updates.
Any programs that appear to use a lot of memory (check the Task Manager or Resmon in Windows 7 to see) should also be checked for known issues or product support requests online to see if others have reported speed issues. If so, then there may already be updates or suitable fixes that you can attempt. If these are third-party tools which you feel little allegiance to (e.g. web browsers) then consider switching to a competitor’s product.
One additional way to improve slow computer boot speed is to opt to using the hibernate or standby modes when shutting down your PC. This can prove to be a lot quicker than doing a full reboot as Windows uses a saved snapshot of program/OS files and the system state to re-launch the computer.