The problem of slow computer startup performance can often be remedied by using some regular Microsoft utilities. In this article, we will look at how to use these applications to optimize your startup performance.
The principal application to consider when trying improving startup performance is the System Configuration utility (start/run/type in msconfig). This utility provides a user-friendly way for administrators to modify number of operating system configuration settings. Of interest here, the startup tab provides a list of all utilities that are initialized as Windows is booting up and provides check boxes to allow you to disable/enable them.
The best advice to using this tool is to research what the executable file names are if you are unsure of which application they belong to. The last thing you want to do is disable an application that is critical to your computer (e.g. the Windows update service).
In addition, you should also take note of which applications are left enabled. The goal should be to try and improve the performance of these applications as they are initialized at boot time. The key way to do this is to check for updates to these applications via their websites. For extra performance gains, you could also check online which you are forums relating to the product to see if there are configuration changes you can make to speed up the product.
Many of the services that contribute to the slow computer startup performance relate to hardware components or external peripherals that you use with your computer. The performance of these utilities can be improved by updating their device drivers. Some preventive maintenance software utilities can automatically check for updates to these services (e.g. Reimage) but it is just as easy to run the Windows update service and/or open the Device Manager and checking each component for updates to their device drivers.