Fast Boot

How does one get their computer to boot faster?

Steve Smith explains how to get your new computer to boot in less than 10 seconds.

Episode #5-14 released on December 10, 2014

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You will never get a computer to boot faster, than a fresh install, with a minimum of programs trying to load with the Windows Startup, but that is not the only way to get a computer to load faster.

Let us get down to business. My own computer can boot in less than 10 seconds. I have a long password protecting it, but if we were to remove the password, we are talking anywhere from 4 to 5 seconds of total boot time, from the time I hit power, to Windows 7 fully loading. It is a fresh install, and fully updated, but the trick is how I achieved this speed.

The first step to making any computer load faster is to use faster media. Do not be stupid by wasting your time of trying to buy the fastest SSDs possible, all SSDs will run faster than your traditional HDD. The fact is, you will not be able to perceive the differences in speed from one SSD to another, for anyone using a HDD, and it will all be faster. The fastest a SATA 3.0 connection can go is 6GBit/S. Most SSDs run really close to that speed, at least in the lab. The addition of other drives will lower the amount of bandwidth that the SATA connection will be able to achieve.

Besides using a fresh install of Windows, and a SSD, is there anything else we can do to speed up the boot time of a computer?

At this point, you already have sped up your computer's boot time, but there is another thing you can do to make your computer boot faster, and it done in the bios.

The things you need to do in your bios is to turn on fast boot, if it is not already on. If it is off, the computer feels like it is taking an eternity to load. The other tasks include making the SSD the only boot device. If any other drives are setup to load before the primary operating system drive, it will take longer to load. Finally, you have to reduce anything to 0 seconds that refers to user interaction. Most newer bios, UEFIs, have a virtual direct key in Windows that is a piece of software you can install in Windows, and some motherboards, also, come with a physical switch on the main board, which you press to boot your computer into your bios.

A few pointers, Windows 8 does load faster than all other operating systems, and has better memory management. The processor and ram have little to do with the speed and time delay experienced by waiting for your bios to load, once loaded, the processor and ram do have something to do with the startup, however, the number of applications loading on startup are more likely to slow down your computer.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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