Unlike mobile phones or tablets, when we buy a laptop or desktop we do it with an eye to the future, and with the intention that it will last us a good handful of years. In this way, one of the most common problems that we usually find as time goes by is that the computer is slower and slower.
Today we are going to tackle this problem by focusing on giving you the best tips, tricks and apps to speed up Windows startup on your computer, so that you can make it redo this process as quickly as in its first days.
We want to do this little basic guide accessible to as many people as possible. Therefore, thinking above all of users with less knowledge, we are going to try not to complicate our lives and focus above all on the tricks and simpler steps to take.
Uninstall the pre-installed programs
If you just bought a new computer, it is very possible that the manufacturer has filled it with applications that we are not going to use in our lives and that all they do is consume resources. Therefore, to begin with, it is recommended that we spend a while uninstalling all those that we see that we are not going to use.
We can uninstall all the ones we want one by one in the section Programs and characteristics Windows. It shows us the name of all our applications, who developed them, on what date they were installed and what their version is. It is especially useful to get rid of any new app that we have installed inadvertently, since it allows us to organize them chronologically by installation date.
We also come across applications that, like PC Decrapifier, try to make the process easier for us. This tool analyzes our PC and shows us the applications that it recommends us to uninstall. It does so in a window with three tabs: one for the applications that recommend uninstalling yes or yes, another for the questionable ones and a third in which it simply shows us the harmless applications or about which it does not have enough data to comment.
An SSD hard drive will speed up the whole system
The type of hard drive you use also influences Windows startup speed much more than you might imagine. So if you still use the old mechanical hard drives or HDD maybe it would be good for you to jump to SSD. You will notice that suddenly your computer flies. If you don’t know which one to choose, in Engadget they made us a compilation with the 17 best models on the market.
But regardless of the hard drive we use, we also do not have to forget that when we fill it to more than 85% of its capacity lack of space can affect the speed of our equipment. Therefore, it is good that, if we see that we cannot get rid of everything that is taking up space, we think about buying a disk with greater capacity.
Get rid of temporary files
Temporary files are created by Windows applications when they cannot allocate enough memory to their tasks or the operating system itself makes backup copies before modifying a file in case it needs to be restored. They are usually automatically deleted, but either by a program malfunction or by closing Windows incorrectly, this is not always the case.
These files usually don’t cause much trouble, but accumulate them when we don’t have much space on the hard drive can end up slowing down any computer. That is why it is recommended that if you want to speed up your computer you get rid of them to recover some internal memory, you can find them in the C: Windows Temp folder.
If we do not dare to put our hands on them, we can always let applications like CCleaner do it for us. It is a complete cleaner that scan the computer for leftover files, including temporary ones, and that if we want it will get rid of them automatically. We just have to make sure we have the option selected Temporary files from the section System.
Control which applications start with the computer
The more programs are configured to run when the computer is turned on the slower the Windows startup process will be. Therefore, another obvious step is to ensure that more programs than are strictly necessary are not started. To check it we will only have to go to Windows Task Manager and click on the tab Start.
In the window we will see the name of all the elements that are started when the computer starts and who their developers are. Their status will also be shown, if we have enabled or not the one to start, and the impact on hard drive and CPU activity. The greater the impact, the more it will slow down the system startup.
Optimizing the charging process
During the Windows startup process the operating system performs different tasks which may take more or less time depending on your configuration. To make sure we optimize this load to the maximum it is important, to begin with, that we have the BIOS configured to boot directly from the hard disk where the operating system is and that we do not waste time looking for other units first.
When we have a peripheral or component connected to the computer and you don’t have the drivers properly configuredWindows will check your database for a solution, so the system load will be a bit slower. Hence, it is also important to go through the Device administrator to make sure there is no conflict with any component.
To check if there is something wrong during boot Windows also has a native application that can be useful. Is named Events viewer, and it is executed by launching eventvwr with the tool Run. In folders App Y System from the left menu we will see a record of all the errors that may have arisen.
If we want to make sure that the tool just log system boots all we have to do is empty its records, restart the computer and reopen it. In this way we can be sure that we only get the possible problems that we have had in the Windows startup process.
Enable fast startup in Windows 10
Windows 10 have an option to perform a quick system start. To access it, you have to open the Control Panel and access the option Hardware and sound. In the Energy options we look for the one that says Change the actions of the on / off buttons, and at the bottom, in the shutdown configuration, we have to make sure that we have activated the option of Enable quick start.
What this option does is change where files are saved necessary when we turn off the computer. If we do not activate the option, they will do so in RAM, but once activated they will be saved in a folder on the hard disk that the computer accesses to load much faster. It is always good, therefore, to check this option, although it usually comes pre-activated.
Do not forget about the physical cleaning of the computer
Dust is another of the great enemies of our computer. Can reduce air flow, which will cause it to overheat, slowing down its operation. This can also affect the performance of some applications, and can even give us an added noise pollution making the equipment sound like an airplane.
That is why it is recommended that from time to time we open the computer or laptop tower and pass it a small vacuum cleaner or a dust catcher. Of course, do not be Kaffir and be careful when you do this cleaning, because many components are delicate and surely you will not want to load something during the process.
Demystifying some classics
Finally, it is also worth it demystify some of the more outdated classic advice. The first one is to clean the Windows registry. It is true that in prehistoric computers with very limited memory erasing a few hundred records can make a difference, but in today’s computers the improvement that doing so is almost imperceptible, and certainly not enough if we take into account the risk that it means touching there something that we should not.
Something similar happens with the hard disk defragmenter. The most modern operating systems like Windows 10 automatically defragment mechanical hard drives and they optimize the SSDs, so it is no longer worth it to waste a precious afternoon with these operations.
Just as we have previously told you that applications like CCleaner could be useful to gain a few megabytes by getting rid of temporary files, it is not worth wasting time doing advanced functions with them, such as automatically cleaning the registry. It is true that in their marketing they say they will improve speed from the PC, but as we have seen this is no longer necessary today.