How to fix a slow boot on Windows 10

How to fix Slow Boot on Windows 10: 7 quick guides

Everybody wants a fast computer. A computer runs smoothly and fast for a few months and years after. As time goes, the computer starts to freeze or become slow. It is really frustrating when your computer freezes or does slow operating. Many users install antivirus programs, some increases RAM memory, downgrade operating system, even delete important files to free up hard-disk. I faced the same problem, my computer starts to slow boot after using it for a couple of months. And, I fix it efficiently. I will show you how to fix the slow boot problem on Windows 10/8 or the older operating systems.

Let’s start.

Reasons behind the Slow Boot on Windows 10/8/7

  1. You have activated too many startup programs.
  2. Your computer is infected by malware or virus.
  3. Too many temporary files have stored.
  4. Troubles in Windows update.
  5. You have issues in your hard disk.
  6. Not having enough RAM after Windows update.
  7. Installation of corrupted or wrong software.

How to Fix slow boot problem on Windows 10 and older PCs

There are several reasons behind a slow computer. But, the major factors that affect a computer are the same on any computer. let’s fix them one by one.

Disable unnecessary startup apps

Startup apps load at the time of starting a computer. If many apps and services load at the time of starting a computer, it increases load time. So keep enabled only the necessary apps/services at startup.

1. Right-click on the taskbar and locate the Task manager.

2. In the Task Manager, go to the Startup tab.

3. To select an app, click on it and then click on Disable button.

To the same process for other unnecessary apps. Keep a limited number of apps enabled less load time. When you have gone through the process, reboot your PC and check if load time reduced.

Delete temporary files

Temporary files are created automatically. When you do any task on your file, such as rename, save, save as, modify it, temporary files are created. Temporary files are deleted automatically, sometimes Windows is not able to delete them. These files store over time and slow your computer. Generally, these types of files end with .tmp and start with a dollar sign.

1. Type Disk cleanup on the search bar and open it.

2. Tick on temporary files and temporary internet files and click on OK.

Delete Temporary files

3. A new window will open asking, are you want to permanently delete these files? Click on Delete Files.

It will take a few seconds even minutes to clear up the temporary files.

Update softwares including operating system

Sometimes outdated programs create trouble. Almost every software company provides security updates fixing bugs, adds new features, and stably. Check updates now and often and update them. Microsoft provides new updates regularly and sometimes major updates for Windows operating system. Make sure, your system is updated. To update Windows 10 operating system follow the process.

  1. Type update on the search bar on the taskbar or press Win key + I and locate Update & security.

2. Click on Check for updates. If Windows 10 finds any update, it will show you the download button.

system update

3. Download them and install them.

After installing the system update, restart your PC to make changes.

Fragmented files may slow down your PC

On your, every action on your PC windows creates temporary files and data is fragmented. These fragmented files store on your PC over time. And these files hamper in loading time. it is recommended, consolidate these fragmented files.

Windows have disk defragment option, by running this you can consolidate these fragmented data and organize them automatically.

1. Type Defragment on the search bar and open it.

2. A new window will show you a list of drives on your system. Click on Analyze.

Disk Defragment

3. If the fragmented percentage is big, click on Optimize.

Wait for sometimes, until it shows the fragmented status is 0% fragmented. At last, restart your computer.

Scan your PC to check malware

Malware continuously spreads on your system and destroys files and ultimately slows down the computer. Keep your computer safe and protected. Windows Defender is the default antivirus program app on Windows 10 operating system. Many users don’t trust it and install the third-party antivirus program. Although, no single antivirus program is able to keep your PC protected from all types of malware. Scan your PC regularly to check if any virus is affected or not.

1. Type security on the search bar and open the security app.

2. Locate Virus & threat protection and then click Quick scan.

scan your pc

It will take some time to scan your PC, is malware-infected, take immediate steps.

Update Drivers

Drivers connect hardware and soft wares. Outdated drivers may slow down the input and output process, ultimately increase down boot time on Windows. To update drivers follow the process.

1. Press Win key + X and locate Device Manager.

device manager

2. A new window will show the category of drivers. Click on any category to see list of drivers under the category.

3. Right-click on driver’s name and click on update driver software.

update driver

Windows will find if there is any update for the driver, make sure your internet connection is active.

Especially, update the graphics driver, outdated display driver has a contribution to slow boot time.

Disable Fast startup

You may think it will boost your system and reduce loading time. But, it may cause a problem with your system, instead of a fast startup, it may increase load time.

To enable or disable fast startup follow the method.

1. Open the control panel and select power options or type power option on the search box.

power options

If you don’t find power options. Change View type, choose it to Large icon (in the top right corner of the window).

2. Now click on Choose what the power button do on the left panel.

choose what powr buttons do

3. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Choose options that re currently unavailable

4. See if the Turn on fast startup is on. Then uncheck it to turn off.

fast startup

Finally, restart your computer and check if the load time is reduced.

Refresh your PC without affecting files

Refreshing PC may solve slow boot problem on Windows 10. To refresh your PC follow the steps.

1. Type update and recovery and open update and security app.

2. Click on recovery from the left bar.

2. Choose the first option (if PC isn’t running well, resetting might help)

Your third-party installed apps will be removed. Windows default setting will apply.

Delete files from WDI directory

WDI folder situates on C drive of your computer. To delete the files go to C drive.

1. Navigate C:>Windows>System32 and select the WDI folder.

2. Open the folder and select all files (Ctrl + A)

3. Hit the Delete key or right-click on it and select delete. If you don’t find it, type wdi after going to system32 folder.

That’s the process. Be careful while deleting these files, because, deleting other system files may create another trouble.


Do all these methods and check which one works fine to fix Slow Boot on Windows 10. Otherwise, increase RAM memory and change hardware configuration like change HDD hard disk to SSD.

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