If you copy these instructions into a notepad file
, you can find them later and this will allow you to do the following instructions while you're disconnected from the internet. In that way you can disable your security programs without endangering your computer. You can also print out the instructions rather than putting them into a notepad file and then disconnect the computer.
Once you've disconnected, go into the Windows diagnostic tool called msconfig
. Go to Start > run and copy/paste in msconfig, click on ok
. Check diagnostic system start
and click on ok
. Reboot into safe mode
by clicking on the F8 key during bootup until you get the menu which includes Safe Mode. Use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode
and allow the computer to complete bootup into safe mode.
In diagnostic system start, the startup programs are unchecked. Did this have a positive effect on the time it took for you to boot up?
While you're in safe mode, click on Start, right-click on My Computer, right-click on the C:\ drive, select Properties, select the Tools tab
and in the top part of that tab, you'll see an option to check the disk for errors
. Click on that and allow it to run. If it finds any bad sectors on your disk, it will make a correction for this.
After you've checked the disk, reboot
the computer and allow it to boot back into normal mode
, but do not connect to the internet yet. Is the timing better without the different startup programs?
If the bootup time is better, then go back into msconfig as before (Start > Run > copy/paste in msconfig > click on ok
). Put a checkmark next to one antivirus and your firewall and reboot. Check the time it takes to boot up.
If bootup time is still okay, then continue adding the programs back in until you can determine what might be causing the drag at bootup.msconfig is only a diagnostic tool
. It's not meant to be a solution for programs you don't want to have run at startup. To better manage your startup items, try one of the following:Startup Inspector for WindowsStartup CPL
If the above does not improve your bootup time, there could be other issues like malware, software conflicts or hardware problems. This will give you more information.