How to boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 Faster | Windows Boot Optimization

Read how to boot your Windows 7,8.1 and Windows 10 Computers faster using simple tweaks of settings.

Checking the Windows startup:

Most of the programs have been configured in such a way to start when the system boots up. To get rid of this you can do the following which can save the boot up time of the machine. Hold down the Windows key + R and type "msconfig" and then navigate to the startup/boot tab as follows.

Navigate to startup

When you click on the "Open Task Manager" it will navigate you to the task manager where you'll see a list of applications that will be loaded during the windows boot up and their start up impact. They can be disabled or enabled according to the impact and your wish.

List of programs in the startup

This is probably the most effective way to get the ball rolling quicker. This directly impacts on the boot process and this will fix your start up to the max.

Defragment your disk:

Defragmentation is nothing but consolidating all your fragmented files and make space for large chunks of contiguous memory for new saved files to sit in their entirety rather than being split up across your disk. In this way, it's much easier and quicker for your machine to pick each one up when it needs it, thus improving your boot speed and indeed your general operational speed as well. This can be done when required manually or in a certain interval by automatic scheduling.

Go to the required drive -> right click -> properties -> select tools tab -> optimize and optimize the required drive as below.

Navigate to Optimize

Defrag window

Select change setting for the automatic defrag interval in above image which its weekly.

Defrag setting

Clean up your drives and temp files:

Cleaning up the drives will delete all the unwanted temporary cache files and also the files in recycle bin which occupies unwanted memory.

Go to the required drive -> right click -> properties -> disk cleanup

Navigate to disk cleanup

Disk cleanup window

Now select the files to be deleted and give ok. This can add some space and also good response.

Deleting temp files:

Windows temporary files are usually leftovers from previous installations of various applications or documents once needed by Windows to run certain task. These files can in a time grow large and take up GBs of hard drive space if not deleted once in a while.

Bear in mind that Windows temporary files are not the same as Internet temporary files which specifically belong to Internet Explorer and internet traffic. By deleting Windows temp files those belonging to IE will remain intact.

To view temp files press simultaneously Windows key + R key to open run box. Type in %temp% and press enter and you will get the list of your files that can be deleted. Simply select them all and press delete key.

Navigate to temp

Sometimes you won't be able to delete a file or two which may be locked by the running programs. Do not bother about them and just skip them.

Try the Performance troubleshooter:

The Performance troubleshooter can automatically find and fix problems. The Performance troubleshooter checks issues that might slow down your computer's performance, such as how many users are currently logged on to the computer and whether multiple programs are running at the same time.

Open the Performance troubleshooter by clicking the Start button -> Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, click Check for performance issues.

Uninstall the programs you never use:

We always will try for the new software's or add-on's that just flick on our mind or when browsing through internet. So it's a good habit to always check the installed programs and remove which even that is not required.

We can navigate as: Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Programs and Features

Clean up your desktop:

Keeping more files and shortcuts in desktop makes your machine slow. There are three good reasons to do a little virtual spring cleaning. First is that each time your computer boots it has to make sure all these shortcuts are connected to valid files and applications and that takes some time. The second is that it looks quite horrific and the third is that a tidy desktop is a tidy mind. Also the more we keep on the drive where the OS is hosted, the machine will be responding slowly. Thus keeping a clean desktop gives some added advantage.

Opt the boot drive:

This is another thing you can do from the BIOS and it will shave a few seconds off your boot, particularly if you're running an old machine. Most systems are automatically set to search for optical disks and removable ones before attempting to start from your main hard drive. Thus we can select the exact drive where the OS is hosted to boot up which will save the minimal impact. Also we can remove the unused media peripherals such as printers, thumb drives etc. which are connected.

Check for malware, virus and spyware:

Have a good anti-virus program installed which will prevent your system safer from virus attack. Keep them up to date with proper activation keys so that the data and the machine would be running safer. Always be cautious of virus and never install more than one anti-virus program which can even crash your system.
Spyware is a type of program that's installed, usually without your knowledge, to watch your activity on the Internet. You can check for spyware with Windows Defender or other antispyware programs.

Turn of Windows visual effects & avoid fancy desktop screens:

If Windows is running slowly, you can speed it up by disabling some of its visual effects. You can avoid using screen saver programs and setting fancy themes and wall papers when the system responds poor.


These are few important ways using which we can boost up the system boot and performance.

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