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Windows is slow to boot

A slow-booting PC is one of the most common and most annoying problems you can encounter.

Fortunately though, it's one of the easiest to fix. 

There are several reasons as to why your PC may take a long time to turn on, thought the most common is that there are too many different applications and programs trying to load on startup, causing a backlog and excessive strain on your computers resources.

A good example of the cause of this issue is when you install a new program on your computer, and it sets itself to open automatically when you first log in to Windows. 

Whilst this may be useful a lot of the time, there are always some programs that set themselves to start automatically, even though you may not need them to. 

The easiest way to fix this issue is to identify which programs are loading on startup, and disable the ones that you don't need. 

Here's how:

To disable programs opening on startup, you will first need to open task manager. To do this, press CTRL + Shift + Esc on your keyboard simultaneously. Alternatively, type "Task manager" into your Windows search bar. 
In the Task Manager window, click on the "Start-up" tab.

In there you will see a list of programs that have been set to launch when you first sign in to Windows. Select each program that you do not want to start automatically and click "Disable".

Remember, by disabling the app at start-up you are not disabling it for the whole machine. You can still open the program and use it whenever you need it. It just won't try to use your computer's valuable resources when it is starting up.

Once you've finished disabling the un-necessary programs at start-up, give your computer a reboot and see if that has made any difference.

If you find that your computer is still too slow to boot, there may be other issues affecting it. An example could be that you may not have the latest updates and drivers installed for your hardware, or you may have a problem with the storage drive in your computer.

If even after installing all of the latest updates and drivers for your computer, it is still too slow, we recommend bringing it in to us to run a health check. We will run our deep cleaners through your entire system to clear out any nasty programs or files that are stopping it from performing at its best.

You can get in touch with us by submitting a ticket via the Help Centre, using our live chat function (during business hours) or giving us a call on 01962 398 011.
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