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How can I reduce Windows 7 boot times?

What can i do to make my computer load up faster? i could swear it was a lot faster in the past. My suspicion is the windows updates. Someone recommended soluto but it still takes over a minute 10 and i am sure it use to take <=45 seconds

Is there anything i could do? if i ever format my comp for any reason should i not get the window updates? enter image description here

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Don't stop installing Windows updates, whatever you do. –  user3463 Jan 28 '11 at 3:03
    
Is 1:18 really that bad, especially considering you’ve got several things auto-running? Someone is spoooiiiiled… :-p From what you’ve written in the question, it doesn’t sound like you changed anything. Soluto doesn’t automatically speed anything up, it just runs a trace to monitor the boot process and displays what runs and how long they take to do so. It’s then up to you to either disable things you don’t need or delay them for a bit. –  Synetech Mar 28 '12 at 3:27
    
@Synetech: Well considering it was half that before..... –  acidzombie24 Mar 28 '12 at 5:21
    
Before what? You said it was faster “in the past”. No doubt you installed a bunch of programs since then. While the screenshot shows that most of the time 1:12.5 is from what looks like system stuff instead of programs, it isn’t. I promise that some of those items are due to third-party programs. Your best bet is to check the “new” services (the 9, 6, 6, and 5-second instances of svchost). Some of them are part of Windows, some of them are probably hosting some programs and/or drivers. –  Synetech Mar 28 '12 at 5:56

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I don't think the updates are the problem. The "53 applications run in your boot" may be more of an issue. Check out Sysinternal's Autoruns. It can show you everything that's currently configured to run at boot time so you can selectively disable what you don't need (or at least what you don't need starting up instantly ).

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A defragment once in a while doesn't hurt either ;)

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If I were you, I would check out TweakHound. Determine how hard you want your machine tweaked (still pretty, or can you handle no-Aero?). They tell you what you're doing, and what'll be the side effects. You can disable extra services/startup items [which speeds your machine a lot], and they give you a list of what to disable, so you don't mess up your machine.

Primum non nocere (First, do no harm) This guide is not a strip down the OS to the bare bones gamers guide. The intent of this guide is to allow you to tweak the system while maintaining full functionality. Yes, there is stuff you can uninstall, turn off, or disable and I will show you how to do that. But (those who followed my previous guides have seen this before), there is one thing I would like you to keep in mind. I've always believed that Sir Isaac Newton's 3rd Law, commonly phrased as "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" applies to just about everything in life. It applies to tweaking as well. Every time you make a change it costs something. I'll let you know what that something is. For example, turning all the eye-candy off can result in more available system resources but may lessen the user experience.

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No-Aero? Heck yeah! “Windows Classic” all the way. :-) –  Synetech May 25 '11 at 2:21
    
@Synetech The artist in me forbids going that far. :) I have, however, disabled Aero, and reverted to the "Windows Vista Basic" color scheme. –  muntoo May 25 '11 at 2:31
    
@Synetech BTW, I learned (a long while ago) that Aero relies on your Graphics card, so it eats up less CPU than normal GDI and stuff. (Randomly here because someone upvoted me in another one of my answers.) –  muntoo Mar 28 '12 at 3:19
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Yes, Aero uses the overlay surface (a.k.a., “hardware acceleration”), but only for the glass mode, not the Basic theme. When other programs (e.g., video players) need to use the overlay, Aero does that annoying flickering thing where it switches to the Basic theme then back to the glass theme when the other program ends. –  Synetech Mar 28 '12 at 3:23

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