I have a compact PC with the following specs:

  • Intel Z3736F CPU (dual-core with HT);
  • Integrated GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 GB integrated solid-state memory (chips are soldered on the main board, not detachable).

This is my car PC, so I would like to get it working as soon as possible after turning the ignition on. What are my options for making it boot and login faster? Naturally, I have already trimmed my autorun list to bare minimum, and have disabled the anti-malware service (don't need it for this application, and even if I do manage to catch some nasty malware, I'll just wipe and restore from backup).

What else can I do?

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    Wonder if hibernate could be used.
    – cloneman
    Dec 17, 2015 at 7:54
  • @cloneman: it works, and I'd like to use it, but a) it's not that much faster (we do conserve time on logging in and loading the applications, but not so much on booting up), and b) I'm afraid it will kill the non-replaceable flash memory sooner than the rest of the device dies. Dec 17, 2015 at 8:01
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    It will... Hibernate is really hard on solid state storage which is why most experts recommend disabling it with SSD drives. Standby would probably be significantly faster, otherwise I don't know how your going to speed up the boot significantly, you sound locked into the hardware in place and are using Win 10 which doesn't have a lot of customization options at boot. Perhaps a slim Linux distribution would boot significantly faster?
    – acejavelin
    Dec 17, 2015 at 12:22
  • @acejavelin: thanks for the info, I will disable hibernation then. I know modern desktop SSDs work for years and years with day-to-day use of hibernation, but my case is different. I like your systems thinking, but unfortunately, I am locked into this hardware, and I absolutely need Windows. Let's face it, Linux software is mostly terrible. I use all 3 major desktop OSes extensively, and Windows beats them on usability by far. I need to cut the power to the PC when it's off, so sleep is off the table as well. Otherwise it would be ideal. Dec 17, 2015 at 12:54
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    capture a boot trace with the WPT: pastebin.com/CYGqRZXE. For Windows 10 use the WPT from the Win10 SDK: dev.windows.com/en-us/downloads/windows-10-sdk Dec 17, 2015 at 16:50


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