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The majority of PC users who report the problem of PC slowdown say that slow PC startup is one of their main concerns. Repair technicians confirm that significant numbers of their customers ask to make their computers boot faster as part of PC service request. Slow Windows startup may be caused by a wide array of other issues, including file fragmentation, invalid or corrupt entries in the Windows registry, incorrect system settings that interfere with proper startup procedures and a number of other factors.
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The article provides details on the symptoms and causes of slow PC startup and ways to speed it up.

Symptoms of slow PC startup

The most obvious symptom of slow PC startup is the longer than average time it takes the system to boot up, especially if the startup time used to be noticeably less at some point in the past. Research conducted in different countries over a period of time shows the global average for PC bootup time to be somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5 minutes, but there are many modern computers that start up in 20 seconds or just a little more. Computers used in office environments tend to show longer startup times than personal use PCs, most likely due to the resource-heavy applications common on office computers, as well as the number of various software programs installed.

Causes of slow PC startup

Among the most common causes of slower than normal PC startup are misconfigured system settings that require adjusting; heavy file fragmentation due to hard drives not being defragmented on a regular basis, which leads to slower access to fragmented system files upon startup; and presence of invalid or corrupt entries in the Windows registry that prevents the system from smoothly following proper bootup procedures. Other factors may contribute to the slower than normal computer boot times as well.

Ways to speed up PC boot time

Advanced PC users may be able to improve their computer's startup time by manually resolving the common slowdown causes – by running defragmentation, adjusting system settings, removing invalid keys from the Windows registry. However, since any manipulations with system settings and the registry always carry a risk of rendering the operating system unbootable, whenever a user is in any doubt of their technical skills or knowledge, they should only use special software that is meant to resolve common speed issues and repair the Windows registry without requiring any special skills.

Safe way to speed up PC boot time:

The same application can be used to run preventative measures to reduce the chance of future slowdowns.