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3 ways to speed up your computer's startup time

3 ways to speed up your computer's startup time
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Remember those old tube TVs that took minutes to warm up after you turned on the power? How about dial-up modems that took half a minute to connect to the Internet? In the age of fast-booting TVs and always-connected Internet, you probably don't miss the waiting.

However, when it comes to waiting there's one bit of technology that's gone backwards. Two decades ago in the time of DOS, you could turn on your computer and it would be ready to go in what seemed like no time. Now you turn on a computer and you're waiting for minutes to even get to Windows, and then you wait a few more minutes for the computer to be ready to use. But it doesn't have to be that way if you follow these three steps.

1. Trim your startup items

Before we get going, we should explain why computers take forever to start, and why they get worse over time. When your computer starts, it's moving information from your slow hard drive, or "storage," to the much faster RAM, also called "memory."

The more information that your computer has to move, the longer your computer takes to start. And as your computer ages, more information builds up. So, unless you want to upgrade to faster hardware (more on that later), the trick is to reduce the amount of information it has to move.

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