Have you noticed that Windows 10 takes a long time to load up? Here are some helpful hints for speeding up Windows 10 starts. The slow startup is one of the most aggravating Windows problems. You’ll hate turning on or resetting your computer if Windows takes an eternity to boot.
Slow booting is, thankfully, a fixable problem. We’ll teach you how to repair the most prevalent causes of a delayed startup in Windows 10.
1. Turn off Fast Startup.
The quick startup option is one of the most annoying options in Windows 10 that causes delayed boot speeds. This is turned on by default, and it’s designed to speed up starting by pre-loading some boot information before the computer shuts off. (Note that while this feature affects shutting down, it has no effect on restarting your computer.)
While the name appears to be encouraging, it causes problems for many people. As a result, if you’re having trouble booting up, this is the first thing you should do.
Open Settings and go to System > Power & Sleep to turn it off. To activate the Power Options menu in the Control Panel, select Additional power options on the right side of this screen.
Here is where you should click. On the left sidebar, choose what the power buttons do. To edit the settings on this page, you’ll need to grant administrator permission, so click the wording at the top of the screen that says Change any settings that aren’t working right now.
Untick the box now. To deactivate this feature, turn on fast startup (recommended), then Save Changes.
If you don’t see quick startup here, hibernation isn’t enabled, and it won’t appear. Open an administrator Command Prompt or PowerShell window to activate hibernation. You may accomplish this by selecting Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell from the Start menu or by pressing Win + X. (Admin).
2. Modify the Paging File Options
Virtual memory is the name given to a feature in Windows that allows you to use a portion of your storage drive as virtual RAM. This area is referred to as the paging file. You can execute more processes on your PC at once if you have more RAM. As a result, if Windows comes running out of physical RAM, it switches to virtual memory.
Windows 10 has been known to modify virtual memory settings on its own, creating boot troubles for certain users. As a result, you should examine your virtual memory settings to see if you can alter them to resolve the delayed startup issue.
To do so, go to the Start Menu and enter Performance, then choose the Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows option.
The size of the paging file is listed under the Advanced tab; click Change to change it.
What’s crucial is at the bottom of the generated window. You’ll notice a Recommended memory size and a Currently Allocated memory size. Some people who are experiencing this problem discover that their current allotment is far more than the suggested amount.
Uncheck if yours appears to be the same way. To make adjustments, automatically control the paging file size for all disks. Then choose Custom Size and enter the suggested Initial Size and Maximum Size values below.
After a reboot, your boot times should be faster.
3. Deactivate the Linux Subsystem
In addition to the traditional Command Prompt, Windows 10 has a full Linux terminal. This is great news for developers, but it might also be the source of your boot problems.
This option isn’t enabled by default. If you don’t know what Bash is, you probably don’t need to do this step because you’d notice if you had.
To switch off the Linux shell, access the Turn Windows features on or off the option by typing Windows features into the Start Menu. Uncheck Windows Subsystem for Linux and restart the computer.
If this resolves your sluggish boot difficulties but you still want the Bash interface, another alternative is to use the new Windows terminal.
4. Make sure your graphics drivers are up to current.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 has a history of causing driver issues. Updating your graphics card drivers can occasionally resolve boot troubles, so that’s the next thing you should do.
Device Manager may be accessed by right-clicking the Start button (or pressing Win + X) and selecting Device Manager. To find out the graphics card you’re using, go to Display adapters (typically Nvidia or AMD if you have a dedicated graphics card).
You can generally check for graphics upgrades by opening the associated vendor program on your PC. If you don’t have the program, go to the vendor’s website (or, if you’re using integrated graphics on a laptop, your laptop manufacturer’s website) to look for updates.
Install any updated versions that are available, restart, and then check to see if your boot times have improved.
If you need more information, we’ve written a guide on how to update your computer drivers. Hopefully, a software update will resolve your problem. While you’re doing this, you might want to check for additional driver updates, though other drivers aren’t usually the reason for sluggish booting.
5. Disable a few startup programs
Perhaps one of the issues listed above isn’t the reason for your poor boot time. Too many apps active at startup might be the cause of lag between login in and actually being able to use your computer.
When you install or update software, a lot of it is scheduled to run automatically upon startup. If you have hundreds of programs loading as soon as you log in, your system will be severely slowed. See whether uninstalling a couple of the hefty starting apps makes a difference by following our recommendations.
6. Perform an SFC scan
The SFC (System File Checker) program will look for faulty system files in your Windows installation and attempt to replace them with functional versions. It’s recommended to do this to troubleshoot the delayed startup issue since some Windows files involved in the booting process might be the culprit.
To learn how to utilize SFC and associated Command Prompt tools, see our tutorial.
7. Reset if all else fails.
If you’ve done everything above and still can’t get Windows 10 to boot faster, it might be time to cut your losses and reinstall a new copy of the operating system.
When it comes to restarting your computer, you have a few alternatives. Windows may be reinstalled using the built-in Refresh option without deleting any of your files. However, you should make a backup of your computer data first.
Select Get started under Reset this PC to start under Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
Put an end to Windows 10’s sluggish booting.
Hopefully, one or more of these solutions may help you. Slow starting is a major annoyance, but you do have solutions for dealing with it. If everything else fails, wait for the next big Windows 10 version, which should fix the problem.
If your slowness remains after starting, you should be aware of various options for speeding up your Windows PC.