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Does enabling more processors at boot decrease startup time?

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#1 Djking


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:26 PM

I have a Core i7, a quad-core processor on my notebook. Through msconfig, "Advanced Options," I can enable up to 4 processors at boot. Currently, it's at 1 processor. Does enabling more decrease startup time or make my computer faster?


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:47 PM

At the risk of stating the obvious....

It isn't the CPU core count slowing the bootup, it is the hard drive. A little quick research showed ambiguous results from using more cores at boot time. My guess is the best results were on computers using fast hard drives.

The best reduction in boot time comes from switching to a good SSD drive.

That will really help with startup and shutdown times. Resume and wakeup times if you use them.

With an I7 the processor is waiting on the hard drive.

That is why all my computers are using decent SSD boot drives.

Edited by rotor123, 12 February 2012 - 09:48 PM.

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