Windows Vista Startup Time

by on September 18, 2007

Q: How long should it take my computer to start up? My brand new computer, running Windows Vista, takes 3 minutes to boot, is that normal?

A: The amount of time it takes for your PC to start up is determined by several factors. Your processor, RAM, operating system, and the applications that start up when your PC boots all contribute to how quickly you perceive your system to start up. The faster the processor and the more RAM you have help to speed up your PC’s start up process, but having a lot of applications automatically start up can have a negative impact on the startup and login process.

In order to reduce the amount of items starting up in Windows Vista, you need to check both the Startup folder, and the Startup items in System Configuration. If you click on Start > All Programs > Startup, you will see a list of applications that start up automatically. To remove items from this folder, right-click on them and choose Delete. In order to view Startup items in your System Configuration, click on Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Administrative Tools > System Configuration, then click on the Startup tab. Un-check all of the items that don’t need to automatically start up. If you are unsure of whether or not an item should start up, do a Google search for the name of the item so you can find out what application it belongs to first. Once you have made your desired changes, click OK to save them. The next time your system restarts, you should notice a quicker startup.