Speed Up Windows Processing Time

The issue of speeding up the processing time associated with the Microsoft Windows operating system is a commonly asked question. This area of concern normally covers both the hardware and the software aspect of the computer system. This means that the processing time is primarily dependent on the capability of the machine itself as well as how the operating system platform is configured.


In computing terms, processing time normally refers to the amount of time it takes for the operating system to completely load and allow the user access to all of the functionalities of the machine and its installed programs.


One of the most basic ways to improve the processing time for the Microsoft Windows operating system platform is to make small changes to the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) settings. The BIOS is responsible for dictating how the hardware components of the machine will behave during actual operation.


The BIOS is composed of commands and instruction sets which defines the different hardware components connected to the machine. It also provides the details on how programs can communicate with these components. The way to access the BIOS settings depends on the type of the computer system that you have. Normally, the DEL, F2, F10, or ESC hot keys are used to gain access to these settings. Check with your computer's documentation.


In order to make changes to the BIOS:

  1. Power on your machine and press the corresponding hot key.


  2. In the BIOS settings, go to the Boot Menu option using the arrow keys and pressing the enter key.


  3. For the Boot Device Priority, make the "First Boot Device" your hard drive. If you have more than one hard drive, make sure to select the one where the operating system is installed, otherwise the machine will not boot.


  4. Go to the exit menu and make sure to select the "Save Changes" option. This will automatically reboot the machine and load the operating system a bit faster.

Another common way to speed up the processing time of the Microsoft Windows operating system is to minimize the number of programs that load during the boot up process. These programs commonly cause the slowdown of loading of the operating system. To be able to check on which programs are loaded together with the operating system you will need to use the built-in System Configuration Utility by:

  1. Clicking on the Start menu and choosing the "Run" option.


  2. Type msconfig in the Open box and press the enter key.


  3. Click on the "Startup" tab.


  4. This will display a list of the programs that load on boot up.


  5. Remove the checkmarks in the box to prevent unnecessary programs from loading during the boot up process. Normally applications like Instant Messenger may be removed from this list since they can be launched manually. Make sure not to remove drivers from this list. They are necessary for proper communication between your hardware, software and operating system.


  6. Click on the "OK" button and allow the computer to restart. This should provide a significant increase in the processing time of the Windows environment.

Since these steps can create a significant impact on the computing environment, it is wise to backup important files before attempting any of the steps. The manner of speeding up the processing time for the Microsoft Windows operating system by upgrading hardware components requires a certain degree of technical knowledge and would be best done by a computer technician. This will eliminate the possibility of damaging your machine.


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