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improve windows boot timeDoes your Windows machine take a long time to boot up? (Insert snarky “switch to Linux” joke here). Well a company has developed a remedy to improve Windows boot time, and it is called Soluto.

The way the application works is simple. It installs, then it asks you to reboot and then it watches your boot time and tells you what is taking up the majority of that time. It allows you to pause the item (does not start up again until un-paused) or you can delay its startup. It will wait until the initial set of applications is loaded before attempting to start your delayed applications.


This program works well for techies and entry level computer users alike. If you are an expert user you can take action on all your items and have a great list to work from on speeding up your boot up. A novice would be able to pause the items that they know they do not use or have already uninstalled.

For instance Roxio’s burning suite starts up automatically but do we need it to? Photoshop and Acrobat also start processes automatically and don’t forget all the applications that call out to see if there are new versions available. Everything starting up at once causes your machine to act slow.

Soluto wants to remove the frustration from computing. You can also enable a Frustration Detection mode that will analyze your machine at any given time and it will tell you what is wrong.

To begin we will visit their website and download the application. You can do so from this link here.

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Click the big green download button and install the application. When it is complete you will see the following message requesting to reboot your machine. You can either have Soluto initiate  your reboot or choose to have it run when you manually restart the next time.

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When your machine starts back up you will see a little page curl at the bottom left hand side of your screen as your boot process is recorded.

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Next Soluto will analyze the applications in your startup list. It will then categorize them on the next screen.

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After about 5 minutes Soluto returned with a chart of my boot process. It showed me that my boot time is a little more than a minute and a half. It loads 53 items during this time. The 53 applications were broken down into 3 categories. The categories are no-brainer, potentially removable and required.

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To improve Windows boot time, I ran through each of the No-brainers and delayed the ones I knew I might need at some time and pausing the ones I knew I would not use again.

For example I know I use Java sometimes so I clicked the delay button. This waits until the startup process is complete before launching this application. I then saw TurboTax listed in my no-brainers and I clicked pause. After all I will not be using that again this year. The application explains what the process is and recommends what you should do. Then it goes one step further and shows you a pie chart as to what other users did. I found the recommendations sound.

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As I continued pausing and delaying options I saw my numbers start to decrease. You can then restart and give it another go. You can compare your history with the history button at the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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I was able to shave 23 seconds off my potential boot time and I got my 53 applications down to 37 as you can see below:

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The other option that I mentioned earlier about ongoing frustration research is accessible via its system tray menu. By right clicking on it you can enable Ongoing Frustration Research and then when your computer slows down you can open the same menu and choose My PC Just Frustrated Me.

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I randomly launched it and what it does is scour your processes that are running and reports back the most likely cause of the culprit.

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You can then use that information to troubleshoot via trial and error! In the past I have covered an application called Autoruns Get Your Computer Startup Under Control With Autoruns Get Your Computer Startup Under Control With Autoruns Read More that helps with startup applications and Justin covered BootTimer but I like this MUCH better!

How do you cope with your startup time? Do you have a favorite application that helps you tame your applications? Mac and Linux users, do you have issues related to this?

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