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Windows 10: Speed up startup times with these tricks

Windows 10: Speed up startup times with these tricks
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One of the more frustrating things for a computer user is long startup times. You know the routine -  you press your computer's power button, it springs to life, but it takes several minutes before you can even take full control.

You twiddle your thumbs, tap letters on your keyboard, move the cursor around with your mouse, but nothing is clickable. For your patience, Windows rewards you with the loading spinning wheel that looks just as excited as you are to move things along.

Before you start banging on your keyboard or thinking about chucking your computer to the nearest recycle bin, I'll show you three tricks that should help you speed up your startup times.

1. Enable fast startup

Compared to older versions, Windows 10 has optimized its start-up routines for better performance. One new feature that contributes to speedier boot times is Fast Startup.

Fast Startup is a more efficient version of Hibernate. With this feature enabled, every time it shuts down, Windows 10 will save the loaded kernels and drivers to an image file named the hiberfile. When the system reboots, it just reloads this file instead of searching and reloading the kernel and drivers again. This significantly improves the boot times so make sure it is enabled.

Fast Startup is enabled by default with fresh Windows 10 installations, but to check it manually, here are the steps:

  1. Search for "Power Options" on the start menu search bar and open it
  2. On the "Power Options" window, click "Choose what power buttons do"
  3. Go to "Change settings that are currently unavailable"
  4. Scroll down to "Shutdown settings" and check "Turn on fast startup" to enable it

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