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Quick start: This is how Windows boots quickly again

A freshly installed Windows shines with a short boot time - and with each new version of Windows the PC usually starts a little faster, because Microsoft knows that fast booting is one of the main wishes of users. But once you've installed the first drivers, applications, and tools, Windows will take longer to start up. And the longer you use your PC, the longer the start-up phase normally takes.

You can counteract this with an SSD: When Windows starts, you wait many times longer on a desktop PC or notebook with a hard drive than on an SSD drive. If you value a short boot time, you cannot avoid an SSD as a system drive for Windows. This means that Windows is completely ready for use in a few seconds.

Whether hard drive or SSD: The start-up process is noticeably delayed due to more and more ballast in the form of automatically starting applications, defective drivers or even secretly smuggled malware. You have to remove this ballast with the help of tools and manual intervention. On the following pages you will find tricks and instructions on how to optimally configure your PC.

Clean up the startup environment in Windows

The most obvious ballast when starting up the computer can usually be found in the autostart folder and in the area of ​​the numerous autostart ramps within the registry. Programs marked for an autostart have a particularly serious effect on the period from the login screen to the unrestricted usability of the system. In most cases, you as the user will not even be asked whether you want the software to start automatically. Rather, a whole series of programs register themselves as autostarters in Windows without your explicit consent. In order to maintain the performance of your PC in the long run during the start-up phase, you should regularly check your autostart areas, especially if you are installing many programs.

First check the entries in the “Autostart” folder to see whether the linked applications really have to be loaded every time Windows is started. In Windows 7 you can reach the autostart folder via the start menu, in Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10 use the keyboard shortcut Windows-R, enter shell: startup and click on "OK". If necessary, delete entries by right-clicking with the "Delete" option. In theory, you could remove them all. This would speed up the start-up process of your computer, but it would also be at the expense of convenience. You should therefore leave programs that you use every day in Autostart.