Computer is slow at start up, takes too long to boot up

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on January 18, 2008



Recently a friend of mine asked us to help her out with slow start up of her computer. It takes too long to boot the computer. It was very slow even after it boots. Though the computer had a decent hardware configuration.

This problem is not un-common. The main reason behind such problems is too many start-up tasks start when windows start. Also as we install different software or applications on computer, there are some background tasks associated with some applications which start running at start-up.


How to identify the trouble?

Press Shift+Ctrl+Esc key together. This will open up windows task manager.
Click on Performance tab. It looks like something as shown below in the image.

If your the PF usage as shown in the bottom left graph below is higher than the amount of your computer’s RAM (Physical memory), then it slows down your computer considerably. The performance becomes poor and slow.

In such case you need to disable some of your start-up tasks which are not essential for the system. See the steps below for steps to disable start-up tasks.


How to Fix the trouble?


Startup tasks can be easily disabled with the help of a utility by Microsoft called Autoruns. You can download Autoruns from this link. After download, unzip and run Autoruns.exe . It will load like snapshot below. Click on Logon tab as shown in red circle in picture below.

Logon tab shows all the tasks which are automatically start every time windows starts. Have a close look and disable some of the tasks which you don’t need at startup. For example, in some computers, at logon, web cam software, acrobat reader, real player up-dater, yahoo messenger , etc. applications start running while you may not be needing the all the time.

To disable un-necessary items to load at logon, simply un-check those items in the log-on tab as below. These applications can be started later when needed from start menu. After un-checking, just restart your computer and see the difference.


NOTE: Do not disable tasks which you are not very sure about, as they may stop some useful applications to stop from loading at start-up.

Technorati Tags: ,slow-boot,slow-start-up

If you like this article or this article helped you, you can +1 to recommend this article on google plus.

You can follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Fan Page. If you have a question to ask us, submit your question at Answers By Trouble Fixers.

Looking for something else? Search here :

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Usman January 25, 2008 at 9:59 am

It’s really informative and i m sure it would help me a lot..

Anand (system Admin) February 14, 2008 at 3:21 am

We logon to windows 2003 server from XP system.
It shows ‘applying your personal settings’and waits for 3 to 5 minutes every time I login from my system.
How to solve the problem ?

Lalit Sharma April 1, 2008 at 12:25 am

I liked the u r way of troubleshooting and i will inform my friends also.

i have problem whenever i open my drives it shows an error that “Application can not run in win32 mode”
i did my best but not able to solve this plz help me out

Rohit April 1, 2008 at 12:55 am

@ Lalit

After reading this it is clear that whenever you open a drive, some executable file is trying to run which is why u get this error message.
There must be a file autorun.inf in all your drives which are giving you such a problem.

Please see the post below and follow the steps to remove autorun.inf , see step 7 , 8 and 9 follow these steps for all your drives which are giving such a problem:

sachin May 21, 2008 at 3:07 am

Hi All,

When i try to connect to a windows XP system using remote desktop connectoin from win XP. I can get the login screen of the system. But when i type the user name and password, the letters are not the exact one. I am getting some junk value in the user name and password field. Kindly help on this.

fix-it July 21, 2008 at 7:47 am

“Simple Click By Click Formula Transforms Any Dead-Slow PC Into a Stable, Lightning Fast and Secure System…In Just 15 Minutes!”

Syeidin April 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Hey some days ago I took ma hard drive to a frnd to hv some data from him…..after I connect the hard drive to the pc….it takes toooooo long to start up. And and the light that indicates the hard drive is always lighten. and after 24/25 mins when it starts I cant enter into any drives…..says not responding and hanged. I hv to press the reset key and then again same problem.What I can do???? PLZ help….:(
Windows XP service pack 2
Hd 160 GB
1 GB of RAM
Intel DG31 motherboard

Nha Nguyen May 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Very useful instruction!.God bless you!

Denise Morris May 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

My computer seems to be a bot slow and when i go on to a Bingo site i play on it doesnt let me in the chat rooms even though i have a flashplayer installed. It also doesnt call the numbers just shows them. I have tried everything. Plz help.

Bill Heumann June 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I have 2 identical laptops and they both started operating slowly and crashing. I reformated one of them. I installed Microsoft Office 2003. Now the mouse often freezes in position and after waiting for a while it can be used again. I reinstalled the driver and that did not help. Also some times when I try to move a page across the scteen it leaves a trail of the page. I thought it might be a heat problem and sprayed Dust Off inside the laptop. That didn’t help. Do you have any ideas?

One of my screens failed and I purchased a new one, installed it and it is working fine.

Thank you for the work you do on this web site.

The PF usage is about half my ram and it shows 46 processes

Lakhvir July 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

my server win 2000 advance takes too much time on perparing network connection. What is the reason?

Ady August 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I have pentium dualcore 1.6 gHz
1.5 GB Ram
160 GB HDisk
Windows xp sp3

But the pc is taking too much time to start (around 15 min),even the programs are taking too much time to run in the windows

Could someone help me out

gireesh August 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

I also have the same problem as Ady have, did any one knows solution for this problem.

Please help me. …… :-(

alex September 30, 2009 at 3:21 am

PC is not working properly it become very slow response when starting up & also on all other processes also the text on the icons doesnt show, this all happened after the PC been formatted as it was infected with virus. “PC has a common user name”

jagbir December 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I have pentium d 3.0 gHz
1.24 GB Ram
80 GB HDisk
Windows xp sp3

But the pc is taking too much time to start (around 15 min),even the programs are taking too much time to run in the windows

Could someone help me out

Prakash January 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm

when i startup my pc in the morning it takes too more time than others. plz help me!

Jro February 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

What kind of start-up tasks are necessary to leave running? Because I’ve disabled all but my virus-scanners because my computer was running so slow.

As yet, no problems and it’s running a lot better.

Arthur April 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

After trying out several suggestions in forums, help pages, etc, I remembered a friend had the same problem and I solved it by simply replacing the computer power cable. I did this with my computer, and the problem was solved! No more startup delays.

vishal sorte April 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

nice comment to the your web site thnxxxxxxxxxxx

VIRENDRA June 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

dear sir,
my system is celeron M processor with 512 mb ram. its taking too much time to boot in hibernet mode / shut down mode . Earlier it was taking just 25-30 seconds for booting but now it is taking around 3-4 minuts. after booting it is working nicely……….plz. suggest me some solution so that it can be boot as earlier.

michaelangelo July 14, 2010 at 6:21 am

hey everyone a good article thank you , the msconfig command is a good one to disable any programs you don’t need at startup and remember the more programs at startup the longer it takes your computer to start thank you .

michaelangelo July 14, 2010 at 6:24 am

ps : this command can be used this way by clicking on start then run then typing the command then start up , uncheck any programs you don’t need .

michael angelo July 14, 2010 at 6:41 am

anyway defragmenting the hard drive is a good start to make your computer run faster by reorganizing the files , you can also try deleting any software you don’t need and make sure that your hard drive has some free space for the ram i think 500 megabytes would be optimal ; there is also a very good software which overclocks ie increases the speed of your cpu it”s called mz cpu accelerator , you have to download it from softpedia because it”s a good and a trusted website ; to defragment your hard drive click on start then point to all programs then click on accessories then on system tools then on disk defragmenter , make sure you have got at least 15 percent free space on the selected drive or partition for optimal results so that would e probably be the c drive because it contains the operating system .

M. Akhtar July 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Yesterday I assembled a new PC in which, Intel Desktop Board “DG41 WV”, CPU Core 2 Due 2.93 GHZ, DDR3 2GB Ram, 320 GB HDD. After installing windows 7 ultimate, booting is very slow, Intel welcome screen with F2 function keys showing 1 to 2 minute, its a very long time to boot.

Anybody have solution of like this problem.

Rohit July 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

@M Akthar
looks like some BIOS issue, upgrade the BIOS if possible.

Jesus villagomez October 23, 2010 at 2:52 am

Hi well ive been expierencing problems with my computer i have reseted it to the factory like whne you first buy it but it only works for a while then it will take to long to startup

sajad December 14, 2010 at 1:00 am

thank you

Dave March 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Well what can i say. my computer (laptop) has slowly been getting slower over the last year, so two minutes after following your instruction it is like a new computer Many thanks

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

© TroubleFixers – All about fixing computer troubles2007-2016 . All Rights Reserved.