How to Reboot My Computer Fast

By Larry Amon

Rebooting your computer can be done quickly by hitting the reset button, but to get your computer to reboot fast and properly you need to clean up your system. The key is to have Windows ready to shut down and ready to load up without too much bogging it down. Making your computer boot faster and making your computer faster in general are tied together and have many of the same solutions. With some careful thought and changes to your computer, you can have it operating and rebooting quickly.

Step 1

Close out programs properly. Before restarting your computer close out all of the programs that are open by using the menu to close them.

Step 2

Remove start-up programs. This is the number one way to help your computer start faster. Go to the "Start" menu and under "Run" type "msconfig" and, under the "Start-up" tab, uncheck as many start-up programs as you can. If you don't know what a start-up program does, it may be safer to leave it. (You also can run a search on the program name to find out what it does. Under the command line, it will list where the program is running from and this may also give you a clue.) These start-up programs for the most part are not needed to run at start-up and can be run after start-up if necessary.

Step 3

Run virus and spyware checks. Adware and viruses can cause your computer to hang up, take a long time to shut down and restart. Scan your computer regularly to remove viruses and adware. Also be sure to check Microsoft updates often, as sometimes system problems that slow things down are fixed with updates.

Step 4

Remove programs. It's always better to run your computer leaner. Go to Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs and click on "Remove" to get rid of programs that you really don't need or use. Another way to clean up your system is to go to Windows Explorer and right click on your hard drive and select "Properties." Click on "Disk Cleanup" and remove temp files and other files that are not needed.

Step 5

Remove unnecessary Windows options. Go to Control Panel --> Sounds and Audio devices and click on the "Sounds" tab. Under Windows Start-up, click on "Browse" and select "None." Right click on your desktop and select "Properties" or "Display Properties." Under where it says "Background," choose "None."

Step 6

Add memory. One of the best things you can do, if your computer supports it, is to add more memory. Adding more and even the maximum amount of RAM will speed up your reboot, start up and your computer in general. (See Resources for details on upgrading memory.)

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