How To Cut Down Your PC’s Startup Time – For Windows 7 and Later Versions September 2, 2015 views: 650 By Sanchiit Podaar If you’re reading this, your old PC is probably starting up real slow. If you find yourself waiting for over 3-4 minutes before your desktop or laptop boots – despite a good processor – here’s the fix. (That is of course after we’ve ruled out any viruses.) This article will help you speed up your PC boot time by approximately 25-40%. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 Step 1: Press ALT+CTRL+DELETE. Then click on Task Manager. This will open up the following window. Step 2: Click on the ‘Startup’ tab. Now, you will see a list of processes. Step 3: Recognize the softwares or apps you don’t want auto-activated as soon as you start your machine – for example Skype or the Facebook app. Step 4: Now right click on particular softwares and click ‘Disable’. These apps will no longer auto-activate with your PC. Now, you can launch them from your desktop or the Start menu. For Windows XP, Vista and 7 Step 1: Click on the ‘Start’ button. Then, click ‘Run’. Step 2: Once the Run window opens, type in “msconfig.exe”. Click ‘OK’. Step 3: On clicking ‘OK’, the following window will open. Step 4: Select the ‘Normal Startup’ option and then recognize the processes you don’t need auto-activated with your PC boot. Untick them and click ‘OK’. Like here I have unselected the Nokia PC Suite. Disclaimer Do not disable or untick processes that you don’t know about. It could lead to software failures. ONLY disable/untick those apps or softwares that you can turn on manually later, for example – Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, Chrome, iTunes, VLC, uTorrent, etc.