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5 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10

Oyetoke Tobi - Sunday, October 02, 2016

Following the first anniversary of Windows 10, Microsoft has been given away Anniversary Update (AU) to users of Windows 10. The Anniversary Update comes with lots of features like enhanced power for Cortana.

But there seems to be something wrong somewhere. The complaints made by users is almost becoming over whelming. Though most of the other problems are quite simple to solve, the most common of these problems is the near eternity it takes Windows 10 to boot. 

But this doesn’t mean the problem can’t be fixed. In this article, we shall be looking at five different ways with which you can solve the slow boot time of Windows 10.

1. Make Adjustments to the settings of virtual memory

Unlike most other versions of Windows, Windows 10 can temporary convert a part of your hard disk to RAM. There are times when your system will need more RAM space especially when running heavy and complex applications. So when the need for extra RAM arises, Windows 10 creates a virtual memory. To change settings, type “performance” in the search box and then select “Adjust the Appearance and performance of Windows”. This will take you to the Advanced Tab where you edit then virtual memory (the same as paging file) by clicking “Change”

2. Ensure “Fast Boot” is disenabled 

The Fast Boot feature has been a big culprit for slow booting of Windows 10. By default, this feature is always enabled and it is meant to cut down the startup time by getting some information preloaded before your PC boots. Though this feature sounds cool, it is actually problematic. If your Windows has been taking so much time to boot, then you might have to disenable this feature.

3. Get your Graphic Drivers updated

Windows 10 has never loved working with drivers. The problem gets worse when AU is installed. Updating Graphic drivers have been proven to solve slow booting problem of Windows 10, and so it won’t be a bad idea to try it out.
To do this, open Device Manager, and then click Display Devices. This will show you the driver you are using. You can then go the website of the graphic card manufacturer and then update as needed.

4. Ensure the New Linux Terminal is turned off

One of the features of AU is Linux BASH Terminal for Windows 10. Though this may look like a cool feature, it actually slows the boot time of your system and so needs to be turned off. To do this, type “features” in the search box, then select “Turn windows features on or off”. Next is to uncheck the “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)

5. If nothing else works, try a complete new install

If all the steps previously discussed do not work, the last solution will be to re-install a new Windows. Just ensure your data is well backed up before doing this. 



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