6 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10
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One of the most frustrating Windows issues is slow startup. When Windows takes forever to boot, you dread turning on or rebooting your computer. Certain Windows 10 versions are especially prone to this.

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Thankfully, slow booting is a solvable issue. We’ll show you the most common fixes for slow startup times in Windows 10.

1. Disable Fast Boot

By far, the most problematic setting when it comes to boot time in Windows 10 is the Fast Startup option. This is enabled by default, and is supposed to reduce startup time by pre-loading some boot information before your PC shuts off.

While the name sounds promising, it’s caused issues for a lot of people. Thus, it’s the first step you should try when you have slow boot problems. (Note that restarting your computer isn’t affected by this feature.)

Open Settings and browse to System > Power & sleep. On the right side of this screen, click Additional power settings to open the Power Options menu on the Control Panel.

Here, click Choose what the power buttons do on the left sidebar. You’ll need to provide administrator permission to change the settings on this page, so click the text at the top of the screen that reads Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Now, untick Turn on fast startup (recommended) and Save Changes to disable this setting.

Windows-10-Fast-Startup-Option

If you don’t see the Fast Boot option, you don’t have hibernation enabled and thus it won’t show up. To enable hibernation, open an administrator Command Prompt or PowerShell window by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin).

Type the following command to enable it, then try to disable Fast Startup again:

powercfg /hibernate on

2. Adjust Virtual Memory Settings

Virtual memory is a feature Windows uses Is Your Virtual Memory Too Low? Here's How to Fix It! Is Your Virtual Memory Too Low? Here's How to Fix It! The curse of Windows is its slowing down over time. Often, low memory is to blame. Here is one more way to virtually unburden your RAM. Read More to dedicate a part of your hard drive as pretend RAM. Of course, the more RAM you have the more tasks your system can handle at once. So if Windows is close to maxing out true RAM, it dips into virtual memory.

Some users have reported that Windows 10 can change virtual memory settings, causing boot issues. You should thus have a look at your virtual memory settings and see if you can change them to fix the slow boot problem.

Type Performance into the Start Menu and choose the Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.

Under the Advanced tab, you’ll see the size of the paging file (another name for virtual memory); click Change to edit it.

Windows-Performance-Options-Advanced

On the resulting window, what’s important is at the bottom. You’ll see a Recommended amount of memory and a Currently Allocated number. Some having this issue find that their current allocation is way over the recommended number.

If yours is as well, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives to make changes. Then choose Custom Size and set Initial Size and Maximum Size to the recommended value below.

Windows-10-Manage-Paging-File

Reboot, and your boot time should improve.

3. Turn Off the Linux Terminal

A while back, Windows 10 got a full Linux bash terminal A Quick Guide to Linux Bash Shell in Windows 10 A Quick Guide to Linux Bash Shell in Windows 10 You can now run Linux on Windows. Learn more about Bash on Windows, from how and why you should install it, to hidden features you probably didn't know about. Read More . This is exciting for developers, but it might also the culprit of your boot issues.

This feature isn’t turned on by default. So if you don’t know what Bash is, you probably don’t need to try this step as you would know if you turned it on.

To turn off the Linux shell, type Windows features into the Start Menu to open the Turn Windows features on or off menu. Scroll down to Windows Subsystem for Linux, uncheck it, and restart.

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If this fixes your issues, but you need the Linux terminal, you can download other tools to get the Linux command line on Windows Forget Cygwin: CASH Brings The Best Of Linux To Windows Forget Cygwin: CASH Brings The Best Of Linux To Windows Linux and Windows are very different operating systems, and nowhere is that more apparent than with the command line. Various tools are available to make Windows feel more like Linux, such as Cash. Read More .

4. Update Graphics Drivers

Windows 10 is known to mess with drivers Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More , unfortunately. Updating your graphics card drivers can sometimes fixe boot issues, so let’s give it a look.

Open the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing Device Manager. Navigate to Display adapters to see which graphics card you’re using (typically Nvidia or AMD if you have a dedicated graphics card).

Device-Manager-Graphics-Windows

You can usually open the corresponding software on your PC to check for updates. If you don’t have it, you’ll need to navigate to the vendor’s website (or your laptop manufacturer’s website, if you’re using integrated graphics on a laptop) to check for driver updates. Install any new versions available.

AMD-Check-for-Graphics-Updates

We’ve covered updating your computer drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers Your drivers might be outdated and need updating, but how are you to know? Here's what you need to know and how to go about it. Read More in more detail if you need help. Hopefully, an update will fix your issue. It might be worth checking for other driver updates in the Device Manager as well, but we haven’t seen anyone discuss other drivers as a cause of slow booting.

5. Remove Some Startup Programs

Perhaps your slow boot time isn’t caused by one of these issues. If you experience slowness between logging in and actually getting to use your computer, too many startup programs could be the culprit.

A lot of software sets itself to automatically run at startup. If you have dozens of apps loading as soon as you log in, this can really bog your system down right away. Follow our guide to removing heavy startup programs These Programs Slow Down Your Windows 10 Boot These Programs Slow Down Your Windows 10 Boot Is Windows 10 booting slower than it used to? Sluggish programs launching on startup might be the culprit. We'll show you how to trim down your boot list. Read More  and see if that makes a difference.

6. If All Else Fails, Perform a Reset

If you’ve tried all the above solutions and still can’t speed up your boot time, it might be best to cut your losses and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 10.

You have several options for resetting your PC 4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer 4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer Want to know how to factory reset a computer? We show you the best methods to reset a Windows computer using Windows 10, 8, or 7. Read More . The built-in Refresh option can reinstall Windows without removing any of your files. You’ll should still back up your computer data The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide We've summarized every backup, restore, recovery, and repair option we could find on Windows 10. Use our simple tips and never despair over lost data again! Read More before this, though.

Head to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and select Get started under Reset this PC to start.

Windows-10-Recovery-Reset

Slow Booting in Windows 10, Begone

Hopefully, applying one or all of these fixes works for you. Slow startup is a huge pain, but you thankfully have options to combat it. If nothing else works, hold out for the next major Windows 10 release, which should clear up the issue.

Looking for more? Check out our basic troubleshooting guide for Windows and more tricks for speeding up Windows Speed Up Windows With 10 Tricks and Hacks Speed Up Windows With 10 Tricks and Hacks Looking to speed up your computer without spending a lot of time? Here are 10 tweaks to make Windows faster that take 10 minutes or less. Read More .

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  1. Jebivetar
    October 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

    2. Adjust Virtual Memory Settings
    These step worked for me! I have 8gb RAM and newer could imagine that these could be a problem!
    Thanks.

  2. Peter Shaw
    September 30, 2018 at 9:46 am

    All of these suggestions just tickle with issue. If you want Win 10 to boot really fast install an SSD. My laptop takes about 13 seconds including keying my password!!!

    • Jebivetar
      October 27, 2018 at 10:48 am

      It will not give some significate change if you change to SSD 10sec. most.
      Here we are talking about delicate problems when booting takes 5-10min. and hdd is ok! Wierd stuf...

  3. Warren Warshaw
    September 28, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Disabling Fast Boot if there is not a lot of free hard drive space is not recommended. Enabling hibernation creates a very large hibernation file (C:\hiberfil.sys) which may take up all remaining hard drive space.

  4. Lanre Dipeolu
    September 27, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I have tried all possible best to reset my computer to no avail.
    It kept on coming back to windows re-boot session.
    I use HP Z820 workstation.
    Something is protecting my hard drive that it could not even update the Windows 10 pro.
    Please help me.