How to Increase Laptop Boot-Up Time

By Stephen Lilley

As you install more and more programs on your laptop computer, you may notice that it takes longer to completely boot up than it once did. This is because occasionally a program will set itself to load on startup during installation. This means that when your computer starts, so does the program--whether you want it to or not. If enough of these programs load on startup, it can severely hamper your system's performance. Increasing the speed at which your laptop boots up involves simply removing a few of these programs from the startup process.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop computer

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu. Select "Run." Type "msconfig" into the "Run" box (without the quotation marks) and click on the "OK" button. This will open the Microsoft System Configuration utility, or MSConfig.

Step 2

Click on the "Startup" tab in the main MSConfig window. This will present you with a listing of all of the programs that are currently loading on startup.

Step 3

Click inside the box to the left of the name of a program that is loading on startup to remove the check mark. By removing the check mark, you are telling your computer that you don't want that particular program to load on startup anymore.

Step 4

Repeat this process with the rest of the programs in the listing that you don't want to load on startup.

Step 5

Press the "OK" button to save your changes. Now, when your laptop computer reboots it will not take the time to load these programs. This will ultimately increase the speed at which your laptop boots up and also improve performance in general.