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How to Make Windows 10 Boot Faster

Arsen Karapetyan

How to make Windows 10 boot faster. A question that many ask, as they try to optimize their computer for speed. In this article, you will learn how to speed up Windows 10 startup on a laptop and a desktop.

This method will make your startup go from minutes to seconds. And it is called Fast Startup. It is available in Windows 10 and earlier versions.

What is the Problem? Explain to me like I am 5 y.o.

Your computer uses an operating system, which is what makes your hardware work. It is the interface you see when you use your computer.

The operating system is there to make all of your computer components work together, it let's you install additional apps, games etc.

Without an operating system, you will not even be able to see the familiar windows, use the keyboard and the mouse, the way you are used to.

Some of the common operating systems are Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, Mac OS etc.

When you turn on your computer, it goes through checks and balances, makes sure all of your hardware components work well. It is called the POST process.

It then loads the OS (Operating System) we talked about. When it is freshly installed on a new computer, it typically loads quick. Because there are not too many things in it, like apps, files and tasks.

Why Does a Computer Boot Slow?

A fresh installation of Windows typically loads fast. As the time goes by, the number of apps, tasks and files increases. It takes more and more time to load them, every time you start your system.

Besides the tasks, files and apps, there might be many other reasons why your Windows PC boots slow. Below are some of them.

Why Does my Computer Boot Slow?

  1. Your CPU is slow
  2. Not enough RAM
  3. You are using a slow spinning platter HDD (Hard-Disk Drive)
  4. You did not defragment your hard-drive (HDD)
  5. Your SSD (Solid-State Drive) is almost full
  6. You have too many startup or background apps
  7. Bloatware on your PC starts up with your apps and slows down your PC
  8. Malware or viruses are present in the computer

There are many more reasons for a slow startup, and these are just a few of them. But let's concentrate on a Fast Startup, available in Windows 10.

What are the Possible Solutions?

If you want to speed up your Windows 10 laptop or a desktop boot time, you can do the following:

How to Speed up Computer Boot Time?

  1. Reduce the number of startup apps
  2. Switch off background apps in Windows
  3. Perform a Windows update and update your apps
  4. Swap your HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with an SSD (Solid State Hard Drive). All variable left alone, this will give you the biggest return on investment and the quickest results. But it costs money.
  5. Swap your HDD with a Hybrid Drive. It gives you a lot of storage and has a small built in SSD (4GB or 8GB), which is used to store frequently used files (like boot files). It is a solid option, but a bit unpopular.
  6. Turn on Quick Boot. You will see how to do that below. This is when a snapshot of what you do (RAM) is dumped, or recorded on the hard drive. So when you power on your Widows computer, it quickly restores the RAM from the hard drive back to RAM.
  7. Turn on Hybernation. This is when your computer components are shut down and the information in the RAM is still kept. This doens't completely shut down your PC and it will still consume a little bit of power while it is "off"

There are many other things that you can do. They will be added to this article over time.

How to Speed up Boot Time with Windows Fast Startup?

As you have already seen, there are many things that could go wrong with a system, which can contribute to a longer boot time. But, say you want to speed up your computer boot time, and optimizing for boot apps and reducing the number of files is not an option. But you still want make Windows 10 boot faster. Then keep reading.

What is Fast Startup?

Modern computers have a capability of storing RAM (Random-Access Memory) onto the SSD or the HDD when you power down your PC. Some machines don't have this option on. I will show you how to enable it.

How to Enable "Fast Startup" in Windows

  1. Go to your Windows search bar, and type Control Panel
  2. Click on Hardware and Sound
  3. Under Hardware and Sound, click on Power Options
  4. Click on Change what Choose what the power button does
  5. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable
  6. Select the checkbox that says Turn on fast startup (recommended)

How to turn on Fast Startup to boot Windows 10 faster

Now you computer will boot significantly quicker. If you have already done that and want to squeeze more out of your Windows PC, check out these try 15 Top Tricks: How To Make Your Computer Faster & Speed Up Your Windows 10 PC in 2020 – 2021!