Improving your computer’s startup time is a great way to get more productivity out of your work day. Nothing is worse than getting to work ready to get to it and it ends up taking 15 minutes for your PC to boot. Studies have shown that people are most productive during the early hours of the day; therefore, you don’t want to waste your best hours waiting for a PC to load. Here are three easy tips you can do to speed up your PC’s boot up time.

Hard Disk Check Up
If a hard drive contains errors and damaged sectors, then many of your PC’s operations will be negatively impacted, including slowing your boot time. One symptom of hard drive errors is if your computer’s performance has considerably degraded over time. This is actually a pretty common PC issue because a hard drive is made up a lot of tiny moving parts that wear down, meaning that older drives will be more prone to errors. Here’s how to check for hard disk errors.

Start > My Computer > Right click your Hard Drive > Properties > Tools > Error-checking > Click Check now…

After scanning your drive, the Hard Disk Check Up will either give your PC a clean bill of health, or present you with steps to resolve the errors. At Quikteks we believe it’s not a matter of if a hard drive will fail.

Shorten Startup Delay
One of the default Windows settings is to have an automatic delay for starting up programs of about 30 seconds. In nontechnical terms, this delay is meant to give your PC some extra processing when loading. It’s easy to adjust your computer’s settings to shorten the startup delay and get things moving a little faster.

Start > Run(if you can’t find it, search for it in the search bar) > Type: msconfig > In the system configuration utility click BOOT tab > Change the default setting for the Time Out from 30 to 5 seconds.

Disk Defragmentation
A Windows Operating System is like a kid that’s bad at cleaning up after themself, because when the hard drive accesses data, it doesn’t put it back in the same place that it found it. You can think of your computer like a house with kids. When the kids (hard drive), doesn’t put away their toys (data), then it will take longer for everyone in the house to do basic tasks, and operations will considerably slowed down over time. Disk defragmentation is a performance-boosting maintenance that puts the used data back where it belongs by removing unnecessary spaces that can cause delay when searching for data.

Start > My Computer > Right click your Hard Drive > Properties > Tools > Defragment > Click on Defragment

These are three of the easiest solutions you can do to improve your PC’s startup time. There are many more adjustments you can try that will improve the performance of your machine. One of the best ways to keep your computer’s boot time short is to perform regular maintenance in order to keep your computer operating at maximum efficiency. Quikteks can take care of these maintenances for you remotely with our managed IT services. This is a great way to ensure that every computer in your office is running at maximum efficiency, which will improve the productivity of your staff along with removing daily IT headaches.

Call Quikteks at (973) 882-4644 to learn more PC performance tips and to learn about how managed IT services can improve your business.