To shut down your computer or leave it on? That is the question. If you aren't up to speed on the debate over whether you should shut your computer down or leave it on overnight, you can read my take here.
Whichever way you go, one of the biggest reasons people leave their computers on is because it takes practically forever to start up again. Who has the time to sit and wait for your computer to boot up? Not me.
The biggest culprits behind slow startups are autorun programs. Autorun programs start as soon as the computer starts up and that makes a lot more work for your processor, which means slower boot times.
But you don't actually need to start these programs every time you fire up your system. In fact, you might not use some of these autorun programs at all, and you don't want to be wasting precious memory on your computer for programs you don't need.