Speeding up boot times

Posted on October 24, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, windows, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post about how to tweak your system to speed up Windows boot times.

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How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Modern PCs ship with a feature called “Secure Boot” enabled. This is a platform feature in UEFI, which replaces the traditional PC BIOS. If a PC manufacturer wants to place a “Windows 10” or “Windows 8” logo sticker to their PC, Microsoft requires they enable Secure Boot and follow some guidelines.

Source: How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

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How to Use Event Viewer to Find Your PC’s Boot Time

Posted on September 24, 2011. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , |

How-To Geek has a post on How to Use Event Viewer to Find Your PC’s Boot Time.

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Splashtop

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Splashtop is a fast-booting operating system which is designed to get you up and on the web as fast as possible.

Use at your own risk; might be useful for a dual-boot system.  Freeware.

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Splashtop OS for users in a hurry

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Splashtop OS is away to get ” instant web access when you need it, without sacrificing the desktop performance of Windows. Just power up and go.

Installing Splashtop OS is risk-free – only the installer runs in Windows – with no impact to your settings, files, applications or personal data.”

Use at your own risk, of course.

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Soluto – Anti-Frustration Software

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

Soluto is Anti-Frustration Software.

Recommended by Windows Secrets: “It’s one of Windows’ most annoying problems: half the programs on your PC want to load automatically every time you boot Windows — and most continue to run in the background indefinitely, soaking up memory and CPU time. Every one of those programs slows the boot process and may even slow down Windows. But in truth, few of them should be running all of the time.”

For Windows XP/Vista/7 (32bit & 64bit).

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Speed Up XP Boot with a Boot Defrag.

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Help, Windows XP | Tags: , , , |

Internet Fixes has advice on how to Speed Up XP Boot with a Boot Defrag.

This is very simple and puts all the boot files close together to speed up the boot process.

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Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter #49 has a post on how to Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive.

If you don’t have a CD/DVD drive, or you’re afraid of those vulnerable discs, or you just want to do this faster, you can set up a 4 GB or larger USB flash drive with Windows 7 installation.

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How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a step-by-step on How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista.

Ready to try the Windows 7 release candidate (until the real thing comes out in October 2009)?

Here’s one way.

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Speed up boot times using Bootvis

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Online Tech Tips has a post on how to Speed up boot times using Bootvis.

This is actually a program from Microsoft that checks all the things that happen when your PC boots up, and then optimises the settings to speed that up.

Use at your own risk, and do a System Restore set point first, but this could help.  Freeware.

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GAG me with a Graphical Boot Manager

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

GAG, the Graphical Boot Manager is for people who want to try different operating systems on their computer: Windows, Linux, whatever.

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Step By Step: The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your PC’s Startup

Posted on November 15, 2008. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker’s Step By Step: The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your PC’s Startup

“You just hit the power button your PC, and now you’ve got enough time to brew a fresh pot of coffee for the entire office—because that’s how long it takes for your computer to go from “on” to “ready to work.””

Anyone not been there?  Here are some tips for reducing the time it takes to get up to speed on your PC.

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Enable the Vista hidden bootscreen

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: Windows Vista | Tags: , , , |

Internet Fixes newsletter of 10/15/08 has a post on changing to what might be a better boot screen for you.

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Avira AntiVir Rescue System when all else fails

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Avira AntiVir Rescue System “is a Linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to:

  • repair a damaged system,
  • rescue data,
  • scan the system for virus infections.

Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer.

The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available.”

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UBCD = Ultimate Boot CD

Posted on June 24, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the most complete and easy to use free computer diagnostic tool. Almost all software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows®. Some of the tools inlcuded are “free for personal use” copies so users need to respect these licenses. A few of the tools included in UBCD4Win are paid for and licensed software owned by UBCD4win.”

UBCD for Windows® is completely freeware, and can be downloaded from this site for free. However to help people that are unable to download the project, I offer as a service the project files on CD. This project is copyrighted and is not distributable through any means except from this site!! There are many “con artists” selling illegal copies of this project, they will have their accounts removed when I find them and report their activities to eBay! Lawsuits can and will be filed against severe abuse.

The project CD that I ship includes:

  • The UBCD4Win files
  • The project “video’s”
  • Our UBCD4Win PE Builder
  • SP2 (for slipstreaming or system updating)
  • AutoStreamer -slipstreaming software
  • CDBurner XP Pro -CD burning software”

Use at your own risk, but this might help you out of computer trouble with Windows.

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Remastersys creates a custom Ubuntu Linux CD or Flash drive

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: CD, Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , |

[Revised 2008/8/8]

A post at Ubuntugeek has instructions on using Remastersys to install Ubuntu on a CD so you can boot Linux with it.

To follow up by installing on a flash drive, continue to A much easier way.

As always, try at your own risk.

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Dual boot Vista and XP

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Linux, Microsoft Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[updated 2008.12.1]

Popular Science has advice on triple options: Vista, XP and Linux.

Windows Secrets has advice on how to put both Vista and XP on one computer so you can run whichever system you want.

Be aware of a problem: booting XP will delete your Vista restore points, unless you take certain precautions.  Windows Secrets has advice on that also.

Internet Fixes has a post on getting a choice of operating systems when you first boot up.

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Speed up your XP boot by defragging your boot files

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Internet Fixes has advice on how to defrag (group your files close together on the hard drive for faster access) the files needed to boot (start) your Windows XP system.

Boot Defrag should be enabled by default, but later software installations or updates might have changed that.

WARNING: as a routine precaution, use these instructions to backup your Registry first.

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Unbootable XP fix

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Uh, oh — you just turned on your PC and got a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD)  right off.

Internet Fixes has advice on what to do when you can’t get your Windows XP system to boot (start).

The fix is to repair the ntldr (the ntldr is the boot loader) and the ntdetect.com (the ntdetect.com is responsible for detecting basic hardware) and you will need your Windows XP CD for this.

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