What’s more annoying than having a computer or laptop that takes a long time to start? Nothing, right? Fortunately, there are very simple tips to put in place to speed up Windows 11 boot time. Here In this tutorial, we explain why windows 11 computer or laptop start very slow, and the different methods that you can apply to make your windows 11 computer start up faster. Follow the leader!
Did you know closing a few apps, disabling Power Saver mode, or updating your operating system, you can speed up boot time on your laptop.
Why is your computer slow to start?
When you install Windows 11 on a brand-new PC or upgrade to windows 11 from windows 10, you’ll notice that the computer starts up super fast, especially if it has an SSD. But over time, your computer will inevitably become slower and slower to start. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal.
In most cases, the main cause of slow Windows 11 startup is due to the programs you have installed, some of which may be running when you log on. In addition, some services may also launch at startup without asking your opinion. Your device may be infected with a virus or malware or the drive may chunk with temp files. And if you don’t do anything, it’s bound to get worse… Therefore, it is imperative that you fix the problem and apply the necessary solutions so that you do not experience slowdowns during the boot sequence of your PC.
How to speed up windows 11 boot time?
Indeed, there are easy tips to put in place to optimize Windows 11 in order to speed up the startup of your computer. The operating system includes a quick start function and allows you to manage the applications and services that run when Windows 11 is launched. Finally, note that if despite all the optimizations made, your computer is still slow to start, it means that it may be time to upgrade your machine.
Update windows 11
Before moving forward we recommend check and install the latest windows updates on your PC. Yes if you have not installed the latest windows updates on your device you might be missing out on new driver updates and software patches. And this can not only slow down your PC or laptop but also leave you unprotected from security vulnerabilities, which hackers can use to infect your computer.
To install the latest window 11 updates on your device:
- Press Windows key + X and select settings,
- Go to windows update and check if any updates are pending there, click the download and install button.
- Also, click on check for updates button to get the latest patch files from the Microsoft server.
- Once done you need to reboot your system to apply them.
Enable Fast Startup
Windows 11 includes a function called “fast startup” (or Fast Startup) which, as its name suggests, allows your computer to start up more quickly after turning off your machine. To do this, the operating system saves a file each time your computer shuts down. This file contains Windows kernel and device drivers. And when you turn your PC back on, that file is loaded rather than resetting all data like in a cold boot. The boot sequence is therefore faster.
To check that the fast startup option is enabled on your PC, follow these instructions:
- Start by opening the Control Panel.
- Once opened, click on “System and Security ”.
- Next, click on “Power Options ”.
- As you can see, fast startup is already enabled on my PC. However, if this is not the case for you, click on the “Change settings that are not currently available” link.
- Finally, check the box “Enable fast startup (recommended)”.
- Fast Startup is now enabled on your Windows 11 PC.
Disable Startup Apps
To further optimize your PC’s startup time, you must disable all unnecessary applications that run at startup.
- Go to Task Manager. To do this, you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ shift + Esc
- By default, the application opens a small window. Click on the down arrow “ More details ”.
- Next, click on the ” Startup ” tab. You will see all the apps that are automatically run when your PC starts.
- Look at the “Status” column. If the status shows “ Disabled ”, it means that the application does not launch at system startup.
- On the other hand, if the status is “Enabled“, this indicates that the program is automatically run as soon as Windows 11 is launched.
- To deactivate an application at startup, right-click on the application in question, then on the ” Disable ” button.
That’s all! Your PC should now take much less time to start.
Update display driver
Still you notice windows 11 take longer than usual time to start or shut down, you need to check the display driver or Graphics driver. If you have an older or outdated Graphics driver installed on your PC that might cause windows 11 very slow to start or shut down. Let’s try to update or reinstall the graphics driver and check if this helps.
- Press Windows key + S to open Windows Search, type in device manager, and press Enter.
- This will open the device manager and display all installed device driver list,
- In the Device Manager window, expand Display adapters, and right-click on your graphics card to select the Update driver option.
- From there, follow the on-screen instructions to update it.
Also, you can visit the device manufacturer’s site to download and install the latest graphics driver for your device.
Enable Fast Boot in UEFI
Some motherboard models offer another quick boot setting in UEFI. Unlike Windows, the UEFI Fast Boot setting bypasses some of the initial tests that your computer runs during the boot sequence.
If you need regular access to UEFI, you can leave this option disabled. For the others, you can activate the option to benefit from the fast startup if it is not already done. Here’s how.
Note: the tutorial below was made on an MSI brand motherboard. If you have a motherboard from another brand, the settings may differ. To help you, you can read the manual of your motherboard or your PC which will tell you if the option is present or not.
1. Go to UEFI. To access it, you generally have to quickly press the F2or Del key on your keyboard once the PC is on (before Windows starts). If you don’t know the key to access your motherboard’s UEFI, refer to your computer’s motherboard manual.
2. Once in UEFI, click on “ Settings ”.
3. Next, click on “ Advanced ”.
4. From the advanced settings, click on “ Windows OS Configuration ”.
5. An option called “ Fast Boot ” will then be present. Click it to enable fast startup.
6. Now all you have to do is save the changes. To do this, click on “ Save and exit ”.
7. Then on “ Save changes and restart ”.
That’s it, you’ve just enabled fast boot in the UEFI settings. Now your PC should boot up in record time!
In addition, there are chances, your windows 11 PC might infect with a virus or malware that slows down the system performance and windows 11 take time to start or shut down. We recommend install the latest updated antivirus or antimalware application and perform a full system scan.