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Windows 7 - How to Decrease Boot Time

While Windows 7 boots up faster than any previous Windows operating systems, many of us want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of every aspect of the operating system. For the less patient among us, it is possible to decrease the amount of time it takes for Windows 7 to boot up. The following guide teaches you how to change certain system settings to make this possible. Although the steps are easy to follow, it is not recommended for novice users, since changing advanced system settings without knowing exactly what they do can lead to system instability. Follow these steps at your own risk. Your mileage may vary regarding how much time you can knock off the Windows 7 boot process.

All of the required settings can be changed by using the System Configuration utility, accessible by typing "msconfig" into the start menu search box and pressing Enter.

Click on the "Boot" tab to configure the Windows 7 boot options. Type "0" in the box below "Time out." When Windows asks you what you want to do after the system is shut down incorrectly, this is the amount of time in seconds it provides to allow you to decide what to do. This prompt will no longer appear if you set the value to zero. If you are using multiple operating systems and still want to be able to boot into the other one, then set this value to around 3 seconds, as this will still give you a chance to select the other operating system

Check the box beside "No GUI boot." This will bypass the animated Windows 7 boot screen.

Click the "Advanced options" button on this page. Check the box beside "Number of processors." Select the highest number available from the dropdown box. Some people claim that doing this will make Windows boot up faster, while others say that it makes no difference. This option will basically force Windows to use all available processor cores when it loads up. These days, most computers have at least a dual-core processor while many have four cores or even six.

Back in the main System Configuration window, go to the "Services" tab and disable any services that you don't need. Do not disable any services which you are unsure about. Finally, in the "Startup" tab, you can prevent any unwanted programs from starting up when you log on to Windows.

If you want to test your results, you can download a small Visual Basic script from the web. The file is called "Restart-Time.vbs." Running this file prior to restarting Windows will tell you how long in seconds it takes for Windows 7 to restart.


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