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How to spend less time waiting for your computer to start up

It can be a real drag when your PC takes ages to boot up. And doesn’t it always seem to take longer when you’re in a hurry?

Here are a few workarounds to improve startup speed:

Free Up Disk Space: Move large files that you aren’t using right now to an external hard drive or delete duplicate files. 

Remove items on your Recycle Bin: Especially those movies you’ve already watched!

Keep your antivirus running and up to date: Set a reminder for yourself in your calendar to run a scan once a week. And keep your antivirus updated.           

Upgrade your RAM: Install more RAM to speed up your computer.         

Clean up system files: Open disk cleanup > Run > Clean up system files > Clean out service packs.

Uninstall programs: Click Start button>Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features>Select a program>Click Uninstall.                


How to decrease boot time in Mac:       

Remove unwanted startup items and fonts: Open Font Book from the Applications folder>Highlight problematic fonts>Right-click and select Remove <font> or Remove <font> Family. Apple has a list of fonts that it includes with OS X Lion which can be used as reference for removing the others.

Periodically check system health: From the Apple Menu choose About this Mac>Click on the More Info button>Choose System report to list your Mac hardware and see the status and properties of all installed components.

Add More Memory/Upgrade RAM: Adding more memory to your Mac can help it to start quickly, plus it will feel much more responsive overall.

Recover Hard Disk Space: Deleting old files and unnecessary items such as unused language packs can help you reclaim disk space and let you boot more quickly. Check your hard disk capacity in use for different file types in the Storage tab in About This Mac(the first item on the Apple menu), under More Info.

Use Sleep Mode Rather Than Reboot: Sleep mode is actually much better and faster. When it resumes, your computer will be in exactly the same state as you left it.

Disconnect Unused Peripherals: Do not leave peripherals plugged into your Mac when in not use. Third party items such as scanners and printers have been known to 

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