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Make Windows 10 Startup and Shutdown Faster Than Ever

Without a doubt, Windows 10 is faster and more stable than previous versions but still, it has a tendency to slow down with use. The more you install and remove programs, change Windows settings and work with your computer, the slower it becomes. If you want to make Windows 10 startup and shutdown faster, this guide is for you.

Programs like to take up more resources and tend to add themselves to startup. You should probably check your Windows startup list if there are programs added that aren’t necessarily there and should be removed or disabled. Good thing, that is just one because there are more tricks you can use to speed everything up.

Make Windows 10 Startup / Shutdown Faster

Here we provided you just 4 effective methods in achieving this goal.

Task #1: Uninstall Programs using CCleaner

The first step in speeding up Windows 10 is streamlining it a little. Use CCleaner to perform many of these tasks because it can take care of much of what we need to do.

  1. Download and install CCleaner.
  2. Navigate to Tools in the left menu and then Uninstall.
  3. Work through the list and uninstall any program you no longer use.
  4. Select Startup in the left menu and then click Enabled in the tab to sort.
  5. Double click any program with Yes under Enabled that are not strictly necessary.

Notes:

  • Anything aside from antivirus, software firewall and graphics or audio drivers can be safely disabled. This just removes them from automatically booting at start, it does not disable them completely.
  • You may use other software uninstaller you are familiar with (or use Windows built-in Add or remove programs). Is just that CCleaner covers the other task we listed here.

Task #2: Clean obsolete registry entries (optional)

The following task is optional as the registry is a critical part of Windows, especially if you are unsure of what you’re doing.

  1. Click the Registry menu option in CCleaner.
  2. Click Scan for Issues and then Fix select issues once the process completes. You can create a restore point if you like.
  3. Repeat step 2 to collect any further obsolete registry entries created by the first pass.

Task #3: Defrag your hard drives

The next task is about optimizing your hard drives through defragmentation. However, if your hard disk type is a Solid-state drive (SSD), we recommend that you don’t need to perform an optimization. Fragmentation is no longer an issue for this type of drive.

Now to do this, simply:

  1. Navigate to ‘This PC’ in Windows Explorer.
  2. Highlight a hard drive, right-click and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab and then Optimize.
  4. Check each drive for its fragmentation state. If over 10%, perform an optimization.

Task #4: Stop background apps

Finally, your last task is to turn off apps you rarely use. This is the last way to make your Windows 10 startup and shutdown faster than ever.

  1. Click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
  2. Navigate to Privacy and Background apps.
  3. Go through the list turning off those apps you don’t use.

Once complete, reboot your computer and wonder at how fast it is! These four simple tasks can’t just improve startup and shutdown speed but also drastically improve your Windows 10 user experience overall. There are lots more tweaks you can make but these four are by far the most efficient.

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