First, how many programs do you have starting up when Windows starts? Second, are the amount of programs which start with Windows the same as the amount of icons in the tray by the clock? Third, do the amount of programs starting with Windows affect my startup time? And fourth, do you need all those programs starting in the first place ?

[1] To check which programs and how many programs are starting with Windows, go to the RUN command, then type in “msconfig” sans quotes, and click on the tab Startup OR get Mike Lin’s Free software, Startup Monitor, that I have previously written about from here.

[2] You will notice that the amount of programs starting with Windows exceeds the number of icons in the tray by the clock.

[3]And yes, the amount of programs starting with Windows will affect your startup time.

[4] And no, all of the programs do not need to start with Windows.

What to do? Important programs such as your anti-virus or security suite need to start when Windows starts to protect your system. BUT, programs such as Apple’s Quick Time need not. So you can trim your list of startup programs and speed up your boot time, but deciding which programs to kill at startup is a black art. This article from Microsoft shows how to do a clean boot here, which is very handy when trying to troubleshoot a system. And take a look here on how to optimize startup programs here, info is mid-page.

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Startup Delayer Review:

Startup Delayer allows you to specify which programs to start up first and which ones you want to delay. The program allows you to custom delay each one and you can modify the order of startup and also modify the times.

The author describes the program as follows:

“When Windows loads it’s Startup file, it attempts to load every program in there at the same time. Therefore if you have quite a lot of programs starting when Windows starts, each program will try and grab CPU time so that it can load.

If each program tries to do this at the same time, you soon notice the slow down that occurs, due to your CPU trying to help all the programs to load, and your hard disk accessing multiple files.

Startup Delayer allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program.”

The download is small, only about 1.1MB and installs very quickly. Operating systems supported are Windows 98 though Windows XP. The install was straight forward and quick. And I decided to try this software on my slowest computer which is a Gateway laptop, using a Intel Celeron M cpu at 1.4Ghz and 1 GB of Ram. Normal startup time is 2 minutes 26 seconds. After playing with the program for a few minutes, I was able to figure out how it works. Which seemed to be to be simple. There is however a very good help menu which describes in detail how the program works.
So I activated Startup Delay and chose six programs to delay, 2 were for the synaptic keypad [which I have disabled since I use a standard mouse], java, winpatrol, diskeeper, and Mike Lin’s startup monitor. I played around with different time delays and found that 5 second delays on my system seemed to work best. Boot time dropped to 2 minutes and 10 seconds, a 16 second difference.

Than I opened programs I normally have open during the day, Firefox [5 tabs] , Outlook and Outlook Express, and tried my normal startup from hibernation mode. Boot time is 33 seconds. 🙂

Conclusion: Startup Delayer does work and will improve startup times some what.

I will personally stick with hibernation mode for my lappy. Get Startup Delayer from here.

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself ~~”Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.”

Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

[tags]free, software, startup, hibernation, [/tags]