I've been wanting to speed up my boot times and application loading times, as I've noticed my system boots just about as fast as my older Lenovo Y310, which has inferior hardware specs (T5550 1.83 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB 5400 rpm HDD). My Compaq CQ36-110TX boots faster even if it's got similar hardware except for the slower hard drive (i5-430M, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB 5400 rpm HDD). I've also noticed that it now boots noticeably slower than when it was freshly installed. While before I could get to a useable desktop in about a minute, now, I take 100 seconds to reach the desktop and another 30 seconds to a minute to have the background apps load. I've also tried comparing application load times, and for example, my rig opens Photoshop CS5 about 5 seconds slower than it does in my Y310.
I've tried a few of the more common "speed-up-your-boot-time-tips" such as:
- Removing unnecessary programs
- Defragmenting hard drives
- Running disk cleanup
- Removing unwanted startup items in msconfig
- Setting to manual/disabling unwanted services such as Windows Media Player Network Sharing and Wireless Configuration
- Cleaning registry via Ccleaner
- Running a full system scan via MSE
- Freeing up disk space by deleting unnecessary files
Yet, despite all these supposed fixes, my system did not improve its boot times significantly, nor did it feel any snappier.
Are there any other actions that I could do to speed up my system through software fixes? An SSD would definitely help, but I'm looking at no-cost options here. Thanks!
Is your hard drive connected to a high speed SATA port or a slow one? if you have the choice connect it physically to the higher speed port, depends on your motherboard.
Also check your BIOS settings to make sure the drive and port on the MB is running at the highest speed if you have options for that. Sorry I don't know what all the settings are called off by heart but you should be able to recognise these things when going through your BIOS options.
This is only worth it if you're sure that you have no logical issues such as programs making your hard disk run like crazy when you start up? Make sure your antivirus is not set up to run a full scan when you start up and things like this. If you have disk cleaning tools installed make sure they are not proactively scanning your drives since this slows down your system alot.