6 Ways to Fix Slow Boot Time in Windows 10
6 Ways to Fix Slow Boot Time in Windows 10
One of the most frustrating Windows problems is slow startup. When Windows takes a long time to boot up, you dread turning on or rebooting your computer. Certain versions of Windows 10 are particularly vulnerable to this. But fortunately, slow boot is a problem that can be solved. Here are 6 Ways to Fix Slow Boot Time in Windows 10.
Fixed Slow Boot Time
1. Disable Fast Boot
By far the most problematic setting when it comes to boot time in Windows 10 is the Fast Startup option. It's enabled by default, and supposedly reduces startup time by loading boot information before your PC shuts down. That causes problems for a lot of people. So, this is the first step that you should try when you have slow boot problem. (Note that restarting your computer is not affected by this feature.)
Open Settings and browse to System > Power & sleep. On the right side of this screen, click Additional power settings to open the Power Options menu in Control Panel. Here, click Choose what the power buttons do in the left sidebar. You must give administrator permission to change the settings on this page, so click the text at the top of the screen that says Change settings that are currently unavailable. Now, uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) and Save Changes to disable this setting.
Disable Fast Boot
If you don't see the Fast Boot option, you don't have hibernation so it won't show up. To enable hibernation, open an administrator's Command Prompt or PowerShell window by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin). Type the following command to enable it, then try disabling Fast Startup again:
powercfg /hibernate on
2. Adjust Virtual Memory Settings
Virtual memory is a feature that Windows uses to dedicate a portion of your hard drive as pretend RAM. Of course, the more RAM you have, the more tasks your system can handle at once. So if Windows is close to maxing out actual RAM it goes into virtual memory.
Some users have reported that Windows 10 can change virtual memory settings, causing boot issues. You should therefore take a look at your virtual memory settings and see if you can change them to fix the slow boot issue. Type Performance into the Start Menu and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. Under the Advanced tab, you will see the size of the paging file (another name for virtual memory), click Change to edit it.
Windows Virtual Memory
In the resulting window, what matters is at the bottom. you will see the amount of memory that is Recommended and the number that is Currently Allocated. Some people experiencing this issue have found that their current allocation is way above the recommended figure. If yours is the same, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives to make changes. Then select Custom Size and set Initial Size and Maximum Size to the values suggested below.
Windows Performance Options
3. Turn off the Linux Terminal
Some time ago, Windows 10 got a full Linux bash terminal. This is of interest to developers, but may also be the cause of your boot problems. This feature is not enabled by default. So, if you don't know what Bash is, you probably shouldn't try this step because you will know if you turn it on. To turn off the Linux shell, type Windows features into the Start Menu to open the Turn Windows on or off menu. Scroll down to Windows Subsystem for Linux, uncheck it, and restart.
Turn Of Windows Projected File System
4. Update Graphics Drivers
Windows 10 is known to mess up with drivers. Updating your graphics card drivers can sometimes fix boot issues, so let's see. Open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Device Manager. Navigate to Display adapters to see which graphics card you're using (usually Nvidia or AMD if you have a dedicated graphics card).
Graphics Driver Update
You can usually open the appropriate software on your PC to check for updates. If you don't have one, you'll need to navigate to the vendor's website (or your laptop manufacturer's website, if you're using integrated graphics on your laptop) to check for driver updates. Install all available new versions.
5. Remove Some Startup Programs
Maybe the slow boot time isn't caused by any of these issues. If you're experiencing lag between logging in and actually using your computer, too many startup programs could be to blame. Many software sets itself to run automatically at startup. If you have dozens of apps loading as soon as you log in, this can really bog down your system right away.
If you've tried all of the solutions above and still can't speed up your boot time, it might be best to cut your losses and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 10. You have several options to reset your PC. The built-in Refresh option can reinstall Windows without deleting your files. But you still have to back up your computer data before this. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and select Get started under Reset this PC to get started.
So those were the 6 Ways to Fix Slow Boot Time In Windows 10. Hopefully, applying one or all of these fixes worked for you. Slow startup is a big problem, but luckily you have options to deal with it. If nothing else works, hold out for the next major release of Windows 10, which should fix this problem.