You’ve been there, done that. You have to do something right now on your PC but the screen is blank, meaning it’s turned off. You growl. You’re in for a long wait while Windows messes around and thinks about waking up your PC. I mean, it’s not like it’s got other things to do.

Just how do you make your computer boot faster?

It seems like the longer you own your computer, the longer it takes for it to boot up. You begin to think that Microsoft has shares in your energy company as they appear to want you to leave your computer running 24 hours a day.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce the time it takes your computer to run through its boot sequence.

Windows checks anything that automatically runs as soon as you start your computer. All the essential stuff like Windows itself. And all the other things you’ve asked it to run. Your instant messenger program. Apple’s iTunes music program. Your anti-virus software. Maybe a spyware checker. Skype so you can make cheap phone calls. Anything and everything you might need. Every time Windows boots up, it checks each and every one of these start-up programs.

It is possible to discover what these programs are. But you need to be a bit cautious – whilst you may not recognize a program by name, that doesn’t mean you can safely remove it. Some of the services that run behind the scenes have quite obscure names that don’t mean anything to you. But removing them, you’ll be in trouble. The rule with startup programs should be if you’re in doubt, leave it running. It’s not worth shaving off a few seconds on boot up only to have a PC that refuses to work at all. Unless you’re brave, I’d suggest leaving start-up programs to your computer support person.

The next thing to look at is the Windows registry. This is the dark place where Windows stores information about your PC and the programs on it. Most of it is necessary. Trouble is, every time you remove or delete a program it will almost always leave traces of itself in the registry. This causes your PC to slow down. Occasionally it could even crash your computer altogether.

The easiest way to clean the registry is to run a special piece of software called (surprisingly enough) a registry checker. This will scan through the Windows registry, checking for things that shouldn’t be there. Once it’s done that, you’ll get a report and if you’re happy to let it, the software will trot off and fix the reported errors. This is probably the simplest thing you can do to speed up your PC. I recommend this registry cleaner software – it’s the one I personally use.

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