Make Windows Load Faster

A normal computer system will load many programs before it completely starts up. All of the icons displayed in a system tray signify an auto-start program. Most probably, there are programs on your system that automatically start without your knowledge. Each program that starts can significantly slow the loading of Windows. Also, since most of the programs are running in the background, it can hinder not only the loading of Windows but system performance as a whole.

There are several ways to make Windows load faster and these solutions are fairly easy to carry out. Before anything else, you must save all your open work and shut down all programs before tweaking any system settings.

  1. Click "Start," "Run" then type msconfig. A new window will open shortly.
  2. Look for the box named "Timeout:" with a numerical value under the BOOT.INI tab. Normally, the numerical value is 30, meaning that 30 seconds of wait time is used before the system boots. The numerical value can be altered to say, three seconds or more if you have two or more operating systems installed.
  3. You can also perform a Scandisk and disk defragmentation to check if your hard drive is in its best working condition. This will help make Windows load faster and will contribute to the system's overall performance.
  4. Deleting temporary files from the system will also help in loading Windows more quickly and making programs run faster. To do this, click on "Start," "Run" then "Ok." Type in the run dialog box %Temp%. Next, click the "Edit" menu and choose "Select All". Lastly, click on "File" and then "Delete."

When you have done all the steps above, you can also try putting the computer system in Hibernate mode. When in Hibernate mode, the system can open and close Windows faster. It is also a great long-term solution since it uses less electricity. The system's power can also be fully turned off while in Hibernate mode.

To put your system in Hibernate mode, follow these steps:

  1. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Power Options," then click the tab labeled "Hibernate." Select the box labeled "Enable Hibernate."
  2. If you want to enable hibernation via the power or sleep button, simply click the "Advanced" tab and modify the options for the Power buttons. You can also hold the "Shift" key when in the Turn Off Computer menu.
  3. Make sure to restart the system once a week to clear the system.

Another way to make Windows load faster is to delete files in the Prefetch folder. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to C:\Windows\prefetch and then delete all files.
  2. To completely delete files, you would need to open regedit and modify HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Session Manager\ Memory Management\ PrefetchParameters

This key has an "EnablePrefetcher" value. The "EnablePrefetcher" value in turn has four values which include:

You can also add more RAM to your system to make Windows load faster. Also, when installing new software, do not put the program in the Startup folder.

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