If there’s one thing everyone dreads, it’s rebooting their computer. It may only take a minute or two, but it can seem like forever. Here are our top 10 tweaks that will make your computer boot a little faster.
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This is a pretty controversial topic, as there’s a lot of snake oil out there. So, we took to the streets (of the internet) and searched for as many easy, well-supported tips as we could find. There may be others, some of which are controversial, but these 10 things are almost sure to get you a faster-booting machine.
10. Tweak Your BIOS
9. Clean Out Programs that Launch at Startup
8. Delay Windows Services from Starting at Boot
7. Change Your Boot Menu’s Timeout Values
6. Disable Unused Hardware
5. Keep Your Antivirus Up to Date
[imghttp://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2011/07/msewindow.png|” size=”legacy” align=”left”] This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: install some antivirus software, keep it up to date, and run a regular scan. This is more of a preventative measure than an actual boot-speeding tip, but if you ever do get malware, it’s sure to slow your computer’s boot time. With a good antivirus tool like Microsoft Security Essentials, you’ll be more protected against that happening. Don’t like MSE? There are some great ones out there too, so there’s no reason not to have one around.[imgclear]
4. Remove Unnecessary Fonts
3. Upgrade Your RAM
2. Give Your Computer a Static IP
1. Install a Solid State Drive
Again, these aren’t the only ways to shorten your computer’s boot time, but they are some of the most well-known, trusted methods that we’ve found. If you have any of your own favourite tweaks, share them with us in the comments, but beware of myths and snake oil – there are a lot of tweaks out there that do more harm than good.
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