3 Easy Ways To Speed Up Windows 10 Boot Times

Kyle Pinnington | Date: December 2, 2020 | 4 minute read


Tired of your PC running slow? Find that you're losing valuable time in the morning waiting for your machine to turn on? Though it's a brilliant excuse to make a cup of tea and check the Concise social channels, having a slow PC can be a killer for business. Your PC speed can be easily restored to its former glory with these simple steps that you can do without admin rights. 

Step 1 - Improving Windows 10 Boot Times With Task Manager

The number one way to improve boot times is in the Task Manager. From the Task Manager you can disable applications that run at the start-up of Windows and does not need administrator rights to make these changes.

If you find yourself saying "Why is my computer so slow to turn on?" or "How can I speed up my PC turning on?" try these steps.

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager
  2. When the Task Manager opens, click the More Details option at the bottom of the window. 
  3. Click the Startup Tab. This will list all the applications that run at boot-up of the machine.
  4.  To disable applications that are not needed at startup, right-click the application and select Disable


Windows 10 Task Manager also provides a column for Startup Impact. In this column Windows has gauged how impactful each application is to the startup speed. You can use this information to decide which applications to disable in startup.

For programs on the list that you don’t recognize, right-clicking on the name and selecting Search online will pull up relevant information on that application, from the internet, to help you decide. Alternatively, if you right-click on the program name and choose Open file location Windows Explorer will take you to it's application folder where you’ll be able to see the file and gain some insight into what the program does. If you are still unsure on what the program does, its best to leave it enabled.


Step 2 - Improve Windows 10 Boot Times With Virtual Spring Cleaning

When a computer is powered on the operating system loads itself, programs and drivers. Along with this it processes all the data stored on it's hard drive. Storing a lot of information locally will dramatically increase the startup time.

It is natural that over time you will accumulate data on your machine. This is why it is important that you have a regular clear-out of your files.  

Best place to start is the desktop. The desktop is dumping ground of even the most organised people that's why it's best to review your desktop periodically for files you no longer need or can be offloaded to external storage e.g. USB memory stick or cloud storage like OneDrive or Concise File Sync.

Pro Tip: Using the mind-set of "use it, lose it or move it" is a good one to have when reviewing your files. As you would have for cleaning out a room in a house, having a simple categorisation system is key to effectively organising your files. 

"Do shortcuts slow down my load time?" In a nutshell; yes. Data that’s represented by desktop icons take much longer to load than data not stored on the desktop. Having a cluttered desktop is enough to increase load times by over 500%! That can mean load times that take >60 seconds to load can take in excess of 5 - 10 minutes. That's 5 - 10 minutes of business that could be lost.

Moving your desktop icons, files and folders into the root of your PC will also drastically speed up the boot time because as I mentioned, none visual desktop data is loaded much more faster than data that is visual on boot. Consider using your computers already build in folder and organisational file manager to store your data locally:

Another thing to consider is your company’s shared areas. Whether you use mapped drives or cloud storage, keeping data in these places instead of on your desktop will increase your level of organisation. It also increases the security you have as the file is not so easily lost in the event of computer breakdown or disaster. This then also frees up the local space of your computer both visually and in the background meaning there is far less to load on boot.

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Step 3 - How Visual Settings Affect Boot Time and How to Speed Up PC

Turning off visual effects can help make Windows 10 more responsive. Having less to constantly load and process during and after boot, trimming non-essential graphics will make a considerable impact on your PC speed. This is also a feature that none admin users should be able to access.

You can quickly access the visual performance option by searching "Performance" in the Windows Search Bar in the bottom left and find the Settings shortcut for Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows (pictured below) 


Clicking on the shortcut will bring up the below Performance Options window. Have a play with the settings, see what you want to take out and see the impact on the performance.

Though the above steps may help most machines, there comes a time when a computer's hardware cannot keep up with modern operating systems. The above options give your computer the best chance to fight another day.

If you find that your PC is not speeding up after following the steps, call Concise. Our expert engineers and account managers will be able to assist you to get the most out of your IT equipment. With over 400 yrs of experience combined, you can rest assured you'll be getting a fast, friendly and secure service from Concise.  


  • The common saying in business is "time = money" and having a slow machine can be a huge time consumer. 
  • Speeding up your computer shouldn't cost the earth and with these quick tips to speed up your PC will renew your machine. 
  • To get the most out of your computer and all IT systems, Concise Technologies know how to optimise your systems and future investment in IT systems with 400+ years of experience. Don't let It slow you down, speak to us today!

About the Author: Kyle Pinnington is a 1st Line Engineer for Concise Technologies.


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