How to speed up start up and shut down on PC?

August 21, 2011 at 21:34:48
Specs: Windows XP

Everyday I need to log in and out of user accounts, this can be very time consuming especially as the number of user accounts on each computer increases. I would like to know if there is a way to speed this process up? for example could it be speeded up with a more memory or would it be speeded up with a faster processor.
A frined told me to look in to a new hard drive with no moving parts which can connect and start up instantly but I cannot find any such product as he couldnt remember the name of it.
Anybody any ideas?

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August 21, 2011 at 22:43:22

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August 21, 2011 at 22:45:08
The subject line says startup which is the boot process. Login is something else. Which one do you you want to accelerate?

If it's startup, run msconfig & uncheck whatever you don't need to load at boot time. That's under the startup tab. I wouldn't spend a large amount of money to increase the boot process. I don't think you will be satisfied with the results.

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August 21, 2011 at 22:50:51
Log in & out isn't time consuming unless u have a lot of un-necessary application(printer, itunes, ovi suite) that start with os.

hard drive with no moving parts
It called SSD unit(solid state drive). Yes it's true SSD is faster than HDD but i doubt if this will increase log in & log out speed.

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August 22, 2011 at 05:14:25
And SSDs are very expensive. For example, an 80GB drive costs between $150-200.

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August 22, 2011 at 14:31:49
The type and place of the account would be needed before any guess.

Logging into a remote server would be the same speed no matter how much ram or ssd's you have.

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August 25, 2011 at 07:58:41
Hi Azzu;

Guapo's response is a direct and simple way to unburden the startup routine and it will help for sure.

The drive with no moving parts are called, as mentioned earlier, Solid State Drives. They don't slow down like conventional hard drives but they are far from a maintenance free solution and, as also previously mentioned are expensive.

Here's a routine I use to keep my systems as fast and trouble free as possible and a side benefit is enhanced startup and bootup.

Although newer processors and architectures will always have an advantage, a

well maintained older system can run circles around the typically maintained

newer system because things that slow a computer effect new and old systems

pretty equally.

1. Not going beyond 90% full on your hard drive is a good rule of thumb to

keep good data through put speed.

2. Ensure your system is not overheating. In the summer months I will often

open up the box and attach a small clip-on fan to keep it cool. It's an easy

fix and works great

3. Ensure the Hard Disc Drive is not damaged or faulty by running CheckDisk:

a. Start> Computer >select C Drive>Right Click C Drive>select

"Properties">"Tools" > click "Check Now"> Select both boxes and click


b. This can take a long time, so be patient.

4. Install as much memory (RAM) as the motherboard can support.

a. Use the RAM Configurator linked to below to see what RAM your PC uses and

the max it will support.

b. Get the maximum amount of memory your computer can hold and install it

(the configurator has directions on how to install it).

RAM Config:

5. Ensure your PC is protected from processor robbing overhead :

a. Ensure your OS updates are current —many OS updates are targeted at

neutralizing mal-ware so this is very important.

b. As an added protection update your existing Anti-Malware software or

install some if you currently have none.

c. Set your existing Anti-Virus program to run regularly and ensure it stays


d. Open, update and run the Anti-Spyware program.

e. If no Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware, acquire these (If you acquire a second

Anti-Virus program always remove any existing AV prior to installing the


Here are some sources for Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus programs if needed:

MalWare Bytes:
AVG AntiVirus:

6. Remove Malware from your computer at this time by running the Anti-Virus

and Anti Spyware (this can take a while if it's never been done before so be


7. Ensure the Registry is clean by running a good registry cleaner.:

a. Check to see if there is a registry cleaner already on the system;
b. if none, get CCleaner here:
c. Run the Registry cleaner till it finds and corrects all errors.
d. Run the "Cleaner" to analyze the disk and see what it finds to delete and

then delete the files that are not needed (most of the files it finds are

unneeded, but carefully look through the categories to be safe).
e. In CCleaner, under "Tools", go to "Start Up" and look over the programs

that start up on your PC. You may see a lot of programs that simply do not

need to start up when you first boot up your PC. Disable these and leave

only the essential ones (if not sure, note down the program name and then
try to open it up via Start-> All Programs. If not essential, disable them).

Unnecessary programs running are big "RAM Eaters" and many times are not

needed at start up -- if you do need to use them, consider starting them up

as needed.

8. Defragment the drive. Some OS's have built in defragmenters. You can use

these if you must but If you can spring a few dollars for the top rated

product consider doing so to save you a lot of grief:
take a look at what the best defragmentors offer and you'll begin to

understand why:


In a nutshell, the best ones not only run automatically and prevent

fragmentation, but they are more thorough when completing the task. I've had

cheap/freebie defrags tell me my drive was fine only to have it crash on me

a few days or weeks later due to severe fragmentation not being caught. I

can't tell you how much time this has cost me over the years. My time vs

$39.00 for the best product out there? It's obvious which way 'm going to


The top rated defragmentor won because it was undetectable during defrag

while the PC was being used (with programs running in the background) and it

also prevents most fragmentation before it occurs. My time is money so this

is best for me.

Running as much RAM as your system can bear plus keeping your drive as

defragmented as possible are the 2 simplest and least time consuming ways of

adding and maintaining speed. Installing the RAM is a one time event.

Getting a good defragmentor and running it can also be a one time event if

you get the right one. Check out the review for all the details and get a

free trial of whichever one appeals to you so you can see what it does on

your system.

Hope this helps!


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