Analyze and Shorten Your Computer Startup Time

Have you ever noticed that the longer you own your PC the longer it takes for it to startup (or boot)?

A common complaint from computer users, especially home-based users, is that their computer is slow to startup and does not boot like it did when they first purchased (and installed) it. During the ownership of our PC we are constantly installing software, and as a result many of these software applications take a place in the startup routine of the computer. The startup place that the apps reside is often for purposes of performing automatic updates or to provide a convenient launching point for the application (such as the system tray) or it is an application (or Windows Service) that simply runs in the background while you are performing other tasks on your PC. I have personally witnessed another scenario where computer users attempted to remove applications from their PC only to find that residual files are left over (after the uninstall) that is still attempting to startup when the computer boots. Over a period of time this accumulation causes the computer to startup slow and often robs the computer of system resources, resulting in increased memory and cpu (processor) usage.

If you are techie enough, you can try to dissect the numerous (yes there are more than one) startup points on your PC to regain some of the power back; however, you will soon find out it can be frustrating experience.

To help us solve this problem, I ran across a wonderful software application, called Soluto – Anti Frustration Software, that measures your startup time as soon as the Windows Logo screen is displayed. Soluto is geared toward the non-techie type, is very appealing in appearance, and is very easy to use. Soluto is currently in beta (software testing stage); however, during my testing on my Windows 7 based PC, it performed without a hitch.

After you install Soluto, you will be prompted to reboot (restart) your computer. This is where Soluto goes to work in analyzing and actually timing how long it takes your PC to startup. Following the analysis you will be provided with a very nice graphical interface where Soluto will help you determine what apps (and/or services) are slowing down your PC, what apps you can pause or remove (called no-brainers), what apps you can delay starting up (will eventually start when the computer is idle), and, what apps are safe to play around with and which ones are not.  If you mess up, you can return or restore an application back into the startup routine. To see a video of Soluto in action, click [ HERE ] .  Typically, most Windows services will identified by Soluto as “cannot be removed” and will even tell what purpose the service provides.

In my testing of Soluto, I went from a 2 minute and 30 second startup time, to a 1 minute and 31 second startup time by simply pausing and delaying a few apps that Soluto told me was safe to do so.

If you choose to Pause an application it means it will be removed from the boot sequence and in order to run it, you must launch it manually. Choosing to Delay an application means it will be removed from the boot sequence, and will run automatically after the boot is over, during an idle moment. Pausing an application provides value beyond the boot, and improves your ongoing PC experience, since Paused applications do not run in the background and do not occupy PC resources. Delaying an application, on the other hand, will only shorten your boot time and not improve your ongoing experience. In general, it is advisable to Pause applications that you don’t use on a daily basis, and Delay those that you do.. If you’re not sure, choose Delay. If you see that you’re barely using an application, you can always choose to Pause it later.

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Screenshot - Soluto

I can also see this app being used on my PC to help me visually detect a potential malware concern. Speaking of malware, this app must have potential… The cybercriminals are already posting “fake” Soluto programs out there. Do not fall for this tactic. Only download Soluto from their web site [ HERE ] .

Minimum requirements to run Soluto Beta are:

  • 512MB of Memory (RAM) and above
  • 500MB of free disk space (Soluto Beta takes up approximately 20MBs; the rest is required for the proper operation of the Microsoft .NET Framework. Please see the Microsoft .Net Framework Minimal System Requirements for more information.) Operating System – Windows XP (SP2 and above) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Not Supported: Windows Server 2003 and 2008
  • Administrator User – The application must be installed using an Administrator account.

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13 thoughts on “Analyze and Shorten Your Computer Startup Time

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  1. Rick,

    I was hoping you were going to call this post, “An Easy and SEXY way to Analyze and Shorten Your Computer Startup Time” 🙂

    Great find – I’ve just downloaded it and I’m looking forward to a better boot time. Delayed start is definitely the way to go.

    Bill

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  2. Bill,

    This app is in beta and looks very, very promising… I like the idea it gives me a “look see” at boot up of just how much time it is taking my PC to boot. The timing may not be super accurate, but it is a measurement. Now, if I see any major time increases, it just may be enough to alert me that something is just not right.

    Just something else for me to get obsessed about (LOL). Thank you for commenting and GOOD MORNING!

    Rick

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    1. Just a quick followup Rick.

      Using this app, I reduced my boot time from 1:31 down to 57 seconds on a Win 7 Enterprise machine. That’s an enormous difference. Virtually, instant on.

      I should point out, that unused services (like Bluetooth), had already been turned off, and infrequently required services, set to manual. I’m a tight ass when it comes to running unneeded services.

      Still, the app reports 43 apps running at boot (although it’s more accurate to say that some of these “apps” are actually services).

      I join you in recommending this find – absolutely terrific.

      Bill

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      1. Bill,

        Thank you for your additional points. I re-edited the article slightly to include “Windows Services”. As a matter of fact, your comment here made me dig deeper into Soluto to find that Soluto will provide advanced descriptions of what those services are and what purpose they ultimately perform in the operation of the computer.

        Again, I “high five” my Canadian friend !

        Rick

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  3. Hi Rick,

    Nice find, and I’m also giving this app a spin at the moment.

    Can you tell me about the cat image and where to find it? It looks really good.

    Cheers
    John

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      1. Hi Rick,

        Yes I would be very grateful if you could send it onto me, it’s much appreciated.

        Cheers
        John

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  4. Wow, great program!

    Btw, I feel like I have to comment your background image as it looks wonderful. Is it possible that you could send it to me? Hehe, cheers!

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