It is a well-known fact that the most effective way to improve boot speed and overall snappiness of the system is to replace an HDD with SSD. Solid-state drives create night and day difference in performance and can bring to life even old outdated systems. Still, there are some less-known ways to improve boot speed in Windows 10. In this article, we prepared a list of tips and tricks that will help you make your PC startup faster.
Tip. Aging drive is the main reason why your PC takes so much time to startup. Always begin improving boot speed in Windows 10 by replacing an HDD with SSD, then proceed to additional steps listed below.
Check Boot Time in Windows 10
Windows 10 has a built-in timer that measures the time it takes to start the operating system. This period is also known as “BIOS time”. You can check it by opening Task Manager and switching to the Startup tab. “Last BIOS time” is the value you need. On a relatively modern PC, the last BIOS time fluctuates between 8-15 seconds. Do note that it can go much higher if you open BIOS to customize settings, overclock your PC, etc. Restarting a computer will reset the last BIOS time to normal value.
Increase Boot Speed in Windows 10
Windows 10 boot time depends on lots of different factors. The age of your hardware and its performance level are the primary things that affect the startup time. But not all users know that BIOS settings can also either improve or worsen the startup time. Here are all things you can try to improve boot speed in Windows 10.
- Peripherals matter. The more devices you connect to your computer, the more time it takes to initialize all the components. When you hit the power button, the motherboard performs a so-called Power-on Self-Test. It ensures all components work properly. GPUs, hard drives, expansions cards, and other peripherals increase boot speed in Windows 10. If you want to make a PC startup faster, disconnect unnecessary peripherals.
- Removable devices. The same rule applies to removable devices: webcams, external storage, microphones, etc.
- Boot device order. There is no need for your system to go through several devices and check them for the operating system. That is an unnecessary process that only increases boot time. Go to your BIOS settings and remove all devices from the boot list. Leave only your primary drive in there.
- Additional features. All relatively modern motherboards have own boot logos that replace traditional Windows logo. You can shave off some time by disabling a fullscreen logo on boot. That will not create a significant difference, though, but in conjunction with other methods, contribute to overall improvements.
- BIOS Modes. If possible, switch your motherboard from Compatibility mode (CSM) to UEFI. Also, switch your primary drive from Master Boot Record to GUID Partition Table. Be aware that switching modes requires reinstalling Windows. Without it, your system may not boot unless you switch back.
- BIOS Updates. Keep your BIOS up to date. New versions bring different improvements to overclocking, stability, etc. Also, sometimes, you get new features that help your PC run faster and better. If your motherboard is no longer supported, install the latest BIOS version available on the official website from your manufacturer.
- Autorun. Nowadays, lots of apps want to run together with your system. It is a convenient feature that may become a hassle on a less powerful PC. If you want to improve Windows 10 startup time, remove all unnecessary apps from autorun. Go to Task Manager and switch to the Startup tab. Turn off all third-party apps and leave only necessary things.
At the end of the day, old PC remains old, and inexpensive hardware remains inexpensive. Still, tunning your hardware and software will help a PC run faster before you upgrade it to a more powerful or modern configuration.