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Other Places To Look For Efficiency
Making sure you’re not loading the kitchen sink is one way to pare down your startup. Disabling unused services is a good move anyway because it can reduce the potential that you can be affected by vulnerabilities. Other changes you can make can also skim a little time from boot up. These include:
Eliminating the little Windows animation at startup. This seems like a pretty innocuous little display, but believe it or not, it adds time to your startup routine. You can shut this off by opening up msconfig using the Run box, and select the Boot Tab of the System Configuration Tool. Select No GUI Boot. Your computer screen will remain black at bootup, but your computer is doing all of the things it always does – just without the entertainment.
Reduce the boot timeout value.While you’re at this point, you can reduce the boot timeout to about 5-10 seconds – more if you’re really impatient. This is the amount of time Windows displays the boot menu after a faulty shutdown/crash. If you’re paying attention, you can make a menu choice. If you’re doing something else, the computer will adopt the “Start Normally” default choice after the boot timeout value has been reached. By reducing this to some smaller value, you can recover faster after a crash or bad event. It won’t affect normal restart times.
Identify the number of processors you have. If you have a dual core processor or better, you can configure your system’s boot parameters to include this information. You’ll find this under Advanced Options. Activate the Number of processors flag and change it to the appropriate entry for your computer.
Re-evaluate your startup programs. There’s a good chance that if you just use the default startup load on your computer, you’ll end up with some programs in your startup file that you don’t really need. Restart your computer and enter msconfig into the Run box. Choose the Startup tab and take a look at what’s running. If you never use iTunes, for example, but it’s listed in your startup file, uncheck iTunes. If you need the software at some later date, it’s still there – you just start it manually – like you would any other application.
In my next post, I’ll look at a few other tricks you can use to speed up your computer at boot time.
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