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improve windows boot timeDoes your Windows machine take a long time to boot up How Long Does Your Computer Take To Boot Up? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Long Does Your Computer Take To Boot Up? [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More ? (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 BootTimer - Objectively Measure Your Windows XP Boot Time BootTimer - Objectively Measure Your Windows XP Boot Time Read More 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?

  1. Daniel Borhanian
    October 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    is this program not available for PC anymore? their website looks like they only have a mobile app...

  2. Qigaihu
    June 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

    PUPIL: "Would you punish me for something I didn`t do?" TEACHER:" Of course not." PUPIL: "Good, because I haven`t done my homework.pouch" Submitted by Miguel de Paco Moltó

  3. Koko Made
    June 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I'm using it now and loving it. Awesome...

  4. Aibek
    June 10, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I tried the app as well, highly recommend it to everyone.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      June 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      It really is an awesome applicaiton.

  5. Vishnu
    June 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Wow.. This is a great find!

  6. micro sd card
    June 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Animated cogs and I got was a window with the word "analysis". I went for a few hours then exited the program and then rebooted with the same result.There, as above you screencap, an opinion which I used to see on the button inthe lower corner and be left with maybe they will come up One can fix.

  7. Joshi
    June 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Downloaded and installed a couple of minutes ago. It's a beta version. Easy, straightforward, and fun to use. Was able to reduce my Win7 boot time by one minute down to 1:45 minute.
    Little drawback: it made my quick launch toolbar disappear. Was able to restore it by adding it through the "new toolbar" option with all icons I had but I had to sort them again the way I like them. Not a big deal but something that the developers may want to iron out. I'll keep this program anyway.

  8. Joshi
    June 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Downloaded and installed a couple of minutes ago. It's a beta version. Easy, straightforward, and fun to use. Was able to reduce my Win7 boot time by one minute down to 1:45 minute.
    Little drawback: it made my quick launch toolbar disappear. Was able to restore it by adding it through the "new toolbar" option with all icons I had but I had to sort them again the way I like them. Not a big deal but something that the developers may want to iron out. I'll keep this program anyway.

  9. vietvet52
    June 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    just got man i took minutes, off my boot time thanks

  10. DM
    June 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    It can be downloaded from the following download site, if you do not care to wait:

    http://soluto.en.softonic.com/... You can decline to install the download manager they group with it.

  11. Bedir
    June 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I installed it a coupled of days ago too. Works fine and I have reduced the boot up time from almost 3 minutes to 1 minute. Will be interesting to see by how much an SSD will reduce the time.

    • Bedir
      June 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      Got the time to under 1 minute now. Adding an SSD should reduce it to about half of that :)

  12. tempersfugue
    June 8, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I tried this a couple of days ago, having read about it elsewhere, and the download and reboot went fine. However, when it came to the analysis, no joy. All I got was a window with animated cogs and the word "Analysing". I let it run for a couple of hours then exited the program and rebooted again with the same result.
    There is, as you can see on the screencap above, a feedback button inthe lower left corner which I used and perhaps they will come up with a fix. Until then, though, I am disappointed as this looks so useful.

  13. Anonymous
    June 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I tried this a couple of days ago, having read about it elsewhere, and the download and reboot went fine. However, when it came to the analysis, no joy. All I got was a window with animated cogs and the word "Analysing". I let it run for a couple of hours then exited the program and rebooted again with the same result.
    There is, as you can see on the screencap above, a feedback button inthe lower left corner which I used and perhaps they will come up with a fix. Until then, though, I am disappointed as this looks so useful.

  14. DM
    June 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    It can be downloaded from the following download site, if you do not care to wait:

    http://soluto.en.softonic.com/. You can decline to install the download manager they group with it.

  15. pceasies
    June 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Looks nice. Hopefully I get an invite soon.

  16. Kevin Reynolds
    June 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Well it got too popular too fast. All I could do was sign up for an invite in a few days.

    • vietvet52
      June 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      same here,.

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