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Windows 7: How do I speed up windows Start-up & Shut down?

15 Oct 2011   #1
xSaxby

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I speed up windows Start-up & Shut down?

Okay, I want my Sony Vaio laptop to start-up faster and shut-down faster.

I've got 3GB RAM & Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 2.67GHz.

Also, How can I find out which programs I don't need and can uninstall, because I want to uninstall some programs, which I don't 'think' I use, nor need. But I'm not sure.


Any help will be appreciated, thanks, xSaxby.



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15 Oct 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Generally, you start up faster by using msconfig to control which applications start every time Windows starts. Type msconfig into the start box and look at what is checked on the startup tab. You don't need all of that stuff checked to start up.

Hard to say what you can uninstall without seeing a list of what you have installed via control panel/programs and features.
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15 Oct 2011   #3
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi xSaxby

You can turn off some non essential programs from your startup list - Startup Programs - Change.
This will help shut down times - Shut Down -Speed Up

Danny
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15 Oct 2011   #4
xSaxby

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thankyou for your help both of you, it now shuts down much quicker, but it still takes about 1minute 20 seconds tofully start up, from the 'Welcome' screen, is this normal? How can I make the Welcome screen speed up?

Thanks again, xSaxby.
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15 Oct 2011   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That's not a bad speed for a laptop on a spinning drive.

There might be some sort of a "quick boot" setting in the BIOS. You'd have to look. But it won't make a huge difference.

You can use certain tools to take a deep dive into the boot process on your PC. That may result in some minor improvements, but you are already in a reasonable ballpark.
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15 Oct 2011   #6
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

80 Seconds isn't too bad in my opinion, have you turned off non essential items in msconfig

Regards Danny
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15 Oct 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I installed an OCZ Vertex2 on my Sony Vaio. Now it boots in 16 seconds.


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15 Oct 2011   #8
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If you want to dig a little deeper into start-up this is a nice tool - Soluto
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15 Oct 2011   #9
xSaxby

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm happy with what it's at now, Although I'd love to be able to uninstall some programs, yet I don't know which ones..

Thanks for all your help!
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15 Oct 2011   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That's a Solid State Drive aka SSD.

Any of them will knock your boot time way down, but they are expensive. Most of us just use them for the operating system alone and use another spinning drive for data. You may not be able to put 2 drives in a laptop.
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