Today a short article with two tips how to speed up a Windows computer. There are many different ways to achieve this goal. In the article I included two: a very effective, but a bit expensive and time consuming. And a very easy but not that powerful 🙂
Let’s start with this more difficult method to speed up Windows and then I will discuss the easy one.
#1 Install Windows on SSD
Yes, if you still have got standard hard disk drive (HDD) with Windows system on it and you want you PC load much faster, you need to archive your data somewhere, buy a new SSD (a different type of memory) and re-install your Windows there. The improvement will be quite dramatic, your Windows should boot in less than 10 seconds. SSDs are more expensive that HDDs but they are getting more affordable these days. You can buy a SSD with 500GB of data (enough for your Windows and lots of programs) for around $140 (link to Amazon*). If it is too expensive, you can buy a smaller memory with 250GB of storage for around $75 (it should still be enough but at some point you may install some of the programs on HDD kept).
I will not go into details how to move your Windows from HDD into SSD as this requires in-depth tutorial (there is plenty available on the web). But on two occasions (PC and laptop) I have done it myself and I was very happy with the results. As mentioned, now my both computers load in 10 seconds rather than in a minute as before. Yes, this method is a bit expensive, yes you will probably spend a few hours installing a new system and bunch of other program but I can assure you, you will have all this time spent back 🙂 Windows and all the other software installed on the SSD will start and perform so much faster, you will be amazed.
#2 Stop some programs from Startup folder
Some of the software that you install has been designed to start up just before Windows. Even if you do not use the program regularly, every time you boot your computer, the program will start in the background. It is not significant if you have one of two of these programs but over a period of months and years, as you install more and more software, the list grows and this has got bigger impact on the load speed of your computer. I installed my fresh Windows around 5 months ago and have a look, I already have got 13 of these programs.
Well, so what can we do? The solution is simple, we need to disable all irrelevant programs from booting before Windows especially, if they have a high impact on performance.
Let’s start by displaying these programs on your machine. To access these options click on the Windows icon in the left lower corner of the screen and type “Task Manager”. Once it has been found, click on it.
After opening Task Manager, you need to click on the tab “Startup” (4th on the left). You will see the list of the programs that start up together with Windows. You can quickly sort them depending on the impact they have on the booting speed. Just click on the “Startup impact”.
If the program has got high impact on performance and is not required by me, I would disable it. To do so, you need to right-click on it and choose disable (you can also highlight them and use the button below).
On my PC I have got 3 such programs, I decided to disable software for webcam which I never use anyway and also Panasonic software for my camera. The only thing I left was DTS software that enhances the sound of my PC.
You can progress in similar manner with other programs that have got Medium or Low impact on the performance. Leave only programs that are important (perhaps, you have some kind of antivirus or fire wall software, I would leave those) or that you use every day. In my case I have disabled pretty much everything apart from the Spotify (I use it every day).
How to disable startup programs and speed up Windows – video tutorial
If you prefer to have all this information in video format, please have a look at my Youtube video:
That is all for today. I hope that this quick tips will save you a few or more seconds of your precious time when you start your computer. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions regarding this topic.