How to Fix Windows 7 Slow Startup and Shutdown: Top 10 Tips

You might consider piled up data on your system as obstinate, but Windows systems are more colossal than you ever imagined; be it, its functionalities or strains. The most critical of these issues are slow startup and shutdown issues. These halt you from signing in and accessing your computer altogether. With constant use, your system’s speed slows down and it takes more time to boot up or shut down.

Over time, you create a number of files on your system, along with which comes the temporary files. Further, install and uninstall third party software and thereby bring changes in its registry. You also create duplicates accidentally and even get infected with malicious programs. All these activities and others like these are the culprits to slow down your system. It takes more than required time to respond to your commands, including boot up and shutdown. Today we shall address Windows 7 slow startup and shutdown issues, so that you don’t have to wait for your gadget to respond.

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  • Run Disk Clean on your System:

On top of everything we have mentioned above, Windows 7 slow startup is also a result of messed up hard drives. You should remove temporary, obsolete, junk, duplicate and similar files in order to get away with litters on your system. These files can be delete once they are detected. Further, you can either manually find such files or trust an authentic tool like Disk Analyzer Pro to analyze your disk. It will work as a rescuer for you, since it analyzes your disk quickly and accurately.

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Once downloaded and installed, Disk Analyzer Pro scans a disk, analyze it content and present it in different summaries. You can look up to the data from these summaries and delete them subsequently.

Click on Start menu> search Device Manager> a list of hardware will appear> right click on the hardware that you don’t use> Disable.

  • Adjust your BIOS:

BIOS stands for Basic Input/ Output System. BIOS is a set of instructions in firmware of your computer that controls input and output of your system. BIOS is an integral part of your computer and takes control of and manages your operating system and other devices attached to it, such as hard disk, keyboard, mouse, etc. When you start your system, BIOS examines every part of your computer so as to check that they are operational.

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When you boot up your system, BIOS is set up to streamline operations on your computer. However, once you have boot up your system, you can disable them. This can be done by holding DEL key (or any key that your BIOS tells you to enter setup) when your turn on your PC and turn on the “Quick Boot” option. After this, you should place your hard disk to the top of the boot priority list. This will turn off tests that your computer undertakes while booting up and help you fix Windows 7 slow startup issue.

  • Tweak your Startup Programs:

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Startup programs go with your computer hand in hand; when you turn it on until you shut it down. Many a times, most of these programs are absolute clutter on your system. They consume all the speed of your computer that can be used otherwise. You can disable them from running as soon as you turn on your computer.

Open Start menu> type msconfig and press enter> Startup> Select programs> Disable.

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  • Disable Windows Services:

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Your Windows system also has services, a type of computer program that runs in background. You can alternatively disable them and speed up your Windows 7 startup. This will ensure that your service will run but not at the time of startup.

Open Start menu> type msconfig and press enter> Services> Select services> Disable.

  • Change your Boot Menu’s Timeout Values:

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Your Windows also has a boot up time that it takes in order to get started. You can change this boot time and ensure that your system starts up in lesser time.

Open Start menu> type msconfig and press enter> Boot> Change Timeout Value> OK.

  • Streamline your Registry:

Windows registry entries are changed with installation and uninstallation of programs, settings and configurations adjustment and every other task performed on your computer. Windows registry are the database of settings and configuration of the computer. More often than not, your system has outdated and wrong registry, which creates clutter in its operations. You can modify or delete any registry manually.

Press Windows and ‘r’ key together> type ‘regedit’> click on Yes> open the treemap and check every registry> right click on folder to delete it or right click on the registry to modify it. However, any wrong edit in registry can also harm your operating system and its functionalities. You can avoid this menace by opting a reliable software like RegClean Pro, which can streamline your registry safely.

  • Delete Unnecessary Fonts:

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With Micrsoft being kind enough or may be brutal enough, they have loaded innumerable fonts at startup which never fail to slow down its boot time. Windows 7 has around 200 fonts at startup other than the ones on Microsoft Office. Not all of these fonts are ever used and hence lay over as nothing but being litter on the startup.

Go to Start menu> search Fonts> right click on the font> Hide.

  • Install Solid State Drive:

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SSD or Solid State Drive can be a savior for you. Installing a solid state drive with a sound read time can considerably reduce boot time of your system. You can take a technicians help to do this or if you know it well, you too can do it. However, any wrongdoing can ruin your operating system. So mount your SSD well and address Windows 7 slow startup issue well.

  • Defrag your Disk:

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Without your being aware, your disk can frag. Fragment is state of hard drive when its content is spread all over on its spinning platters, instead of being together. For example, one part of a file is save at one platter and another is saved at a distance on another platter. This significantly reduces your system’s speed and its startup time. You can manually fix this issue with a few simple clicks.

Click on Start> Control Panel and enter> System & Security> Administrative tools> Defragment your Hard Drive> Analyze Disk.

  • Disable Unused Hardware:

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Every time you launch your system, it loads a lot of drives, which aren’t used most of the times. You can disable them and ensure a speedy startup and shutdown.

With these 10 tips, you can streamline things on your system that cause slow startup and shutdown. You can also format your system, which help you remove all sort of redundancy on your system.

Minal Khatri

Minal Khatri is a blogger at Systweak Software. She comes up with tech solutions with her write ups and attempts to help out typical users’. Offline, she is mostly found reading about philosophies, interacting with new people and learning about different cultures.

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