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How Do I Get My Computer to Boot Up Faster?

Wells Howard Anderson and Ashley Hallene


  • Getting rid of unneeded programs will help your computer to start up faster.
  • The best improvement to speed up your computer’s startup is to replace the Windows hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD).
  • For Facebook, Meta refers to future endeavors in the metaverse of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and cryptocurrency.
How Do I Get My Computer to Boot Up Faster?
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Welcome to the latest installment of our monthly Q&A column, where a panel of experts answers your questions about using technology in your law practice.

This month we answer readers' questions about how to make your computer boot up faster and what is Facebook’s Meta.

Q: My computer boots up slower than it used to. Can I speed it up?

A: Yes! You may have accumulated a number of unneeded programs that are slowing you down.

When you start up Windows, you may have unneeded programs or, worse, PUPs that also start up. More on PUPs later.

Getting rid of these unneeded programs will make your computer start up a little faster. But be careful. You don’t want to kill some program you actually need.

You can see what loads when your Windows computer boots up. From your desktop press: Ctrl-Shift-Esc. That brings up Task Manager. Or you can right-click on the Taskbar and click Task Manager. In Windows 11, click the Start button, type “task,” and press Enter.

Click on the Startup tab of Task Manager. There you will see in alphabetical order the programs that may be opening on startup. If the entry in the Status column says, “Disabled,” the program does not load.

The “Startup impact” column gives you a relative idea about how much a program slows down the startup process.

It is best to uninstall programs you don’t need. If you are sure it is safe to uninstall a program, just type “uninstall” in the Windows Search box, click Add/Remove Programs, scroll down to the program, click on it, and uninstall it.

If you are pretty sure you don’t need a program but want to be on the safe side, disable it in the Startup tab of Task Manager. Right-click on it and choose Disable. You can enable it later if you need to.

I should note that the biggest improvement you can make to speed up your startup is to replace the Windows hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD) if you don’t have one already. Or replace your old, sluggish PC with a new one. The small form factor PCs are surprisingly inexpensive, small, and fast compared to any PCs made more than three to five years ago.

You can also speed up your Windows Startup for free by enabling the Windows 10 Fast Startup feature. As a techie, I am loath to skip the standard startup process, but maybe I am just old-fashioned.

For a step-by-step guide to enabling Windows 10 Fast Startup, see “How to Speed Up Boot Time on Your PC or Laptop.”

Now, back to PUPs. Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) is the industry term for a program that may have slyly been installed when you downloaded and installed a different program. PUPs can contain adware, spyware, and worse. A good antivirus program can identify and possibly remove PUPs for you.

Two free programs that can remove PUPs for you are Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware. Neither of these free programs replaces your antivirus software. They are good for running manually to remove things your antivirus protection might have missed.

Be forewarned! The Internet displays a zillion ads for programs that will “dramatically speed up your computer!!!” Don’t fall for them! By and large, they are junk. Often they are PUPs that are pushed at you when you install some other freeware program.

Techie: Wells H. Anderson, JD, GPSolo eReport Contributing Technology Editor and CEO of SecureMyFirm, 952/922-1120,—we protect small firms from cyber threats with affordable, multiple layers of defense.

Q: What Is Facebook’s Meta? 

A: For Facebook, Meta refers to the metaverse of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and cryptocurrency that the company hopes to create in the next ten to 15 years. Facebook rebranded itself as Meta, a social technology company, in late 2021. Meta’s stated mission is to help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. The social media platform we know and love (or hate) will continue under the familiar Facebook name; only the parent company experienced the renaming and rebranding. A similar event occurred for Google in 2015, when it renamed and rebranded its parent company from Google to Alphabet.

Techie: Ashley Hallene, JD, GPSolo eReport Editor-in-Chief, [email protected].

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