One of the most common complaints from Windows users is slow startup. It can be frustrating to wait for your computer to finally arrive at the office, and wasting time limits productivity.
When you turn on your computer, countless programs open immediately, whether you know it or not. These programs start automatically to load the operating system. If you have to open all these programs manually, it will take too long. When a computer tries to launch too many programs at once, it creates a bottleneck and slows everything down.
Most computer users may not quickly recognize many programs that start at startup. But you can also use some commonly used applications that also slow down your computer. There are reasons why these apps open on startup, but if they slow down startup, open them manually when you’re ready to use them.
Here are some common categories of applications that are often to blame for slowing down your computer.
Adobe applications, including Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and others in the Creative Cloud family, are designed to be added to the Startup folder. The only reason why allowing these programs can be helpful is that they can update themselves automatically. This is because hackers usually attack these applications. You do not need to allow these programs to start automatically. They should be disabled.
Apple apps also slow down startup. One of the culprits in the past has been Quicktime, but it’s not usually found on computers. You probably don’t have a Quicktime computer, but if you do, you can remove it altogether. Other Apple programs that can slow down your startup include Apple Push and iTunes Helper. You can disable them at startup and open them as needed.
Chat apps start automatically when you start up, because people in your contact list know you’re available to chat. If you use Skype, Discord, or other chat applications on your laptop, you can turn them off at startup. This speeds up startup time and you can still open the app when you’re ready to chat.
Cloud storage applications keep all your files backed up and available. When they start automatically, all your files stay in sync without even thinking about it. The downside to these programs is the attraction they create to your computer when you start it. OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, pCloud, and Amazon Drive are examples of programs that can interfere with startup speed.
Examples of game programs that are added to the startup folder on a Windows computer include GOG Galaxy, Origin, and Steam. They do this in order to update in the background and let you play immediately without waiting for updates. You can speed up the time it takes for your computer to start by disabling these clients and opening them manually after the computer starts.
iTunes and Spotify are music streaming applications that start automatically on your computer by default. There is no real benefit to doing this, so turn it off and speed up startup.
Computer manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo are adding programs called bloatware to their computers. You can safely remove them at startup, and you may want to remove them completely to keep your computer running smoothly.
How to disable these applications at startup
Disabling these programs is easy. In the search box on the taskbar, type Startup and open Startup Programs.
Find the program you want to remove and click the toggle switch so that it does not start at startup. In particular, you want to consider disabling programs that have a large impact on startup time.
Many of these applications have a setting that you can change to prevent the program from being added to the Startup folder. Check these settings from time to time. Sometimes the update resets the settings and starts restarting at startup.
Disabling programs that run automatically at startup makes your computer faster and smoother. So unless you absolutely need to run these programs right away, try disabling them and see if the startup time has improved.