Improve Boot Times Using Startup Delayer

Everyone wants their computer to run as quickly as possible, but one of the most frustrating problems that can blight a computer is slow startup.

Almost every computer has a number of program that run automatically when Windows starts, and Startup Delayer is a tool that can be used to take control of these and help speed things up.

So What’s the Big Issue

When tackling startup programs, the most common approach is to remove any that are not strictly needed, but this is an application that comes at the problem from a different angle.

Rather than disabling startup programs to reduce startup times, this is tool that enables you to stagger automatic program launchers so your processor is not bogged down trying to launch too many programs at once. This simple technique ensures that the programs you need are available at startup, but places you in full control of the order in which they are launched.

Download and Getting Started

Pay a visit to the Startup Delayer web site at http://www.r2.com.au/ and click the Products link at the top of the page. Click the Startup Delayer link to the left and then click the Download Standard Now button before saving the file to the desktop.

Download the standard version of Startup Delayer as it is free

Download the standard version of Startup Delayer as it is free

Once the download is complete, double click the executable to start the installation process. Click Run if a Security Warning dialog appears, and then click I Agree to continue. Click Browse to choose where the program should be installed and then click Next followed by Install.

Create a Restore Point so you can recover settings if necessary

Create a Restore Point so you can recover settings if necessary

When prompted to create a System Restore Point, click Yes. When the Restore Point has been created, make sure that the Run Startup Delayer box is ticked and then click Finish.

Configuring the Program

If you’re not interested in reading through the help file for the program, click No when the welcome dialog appears and then click Yes to enable automatic checks for updates.

Automatic updates ensure that you always have the latest Startup Delayer installed

Automatic updates ensure that you always have the latest Startup Delayer installed

There are two ways in which you can configure Startup Delayer, automatic and manual; you will be presented with the automatic option by default. You can use the slider that is displayed to balance how quickly startup programs are launched.

Use the automatic wizard to get fast results from the program

Use the automatic wizard to get fast results from the program

Move the slider to the left towards the Start Fast label and all of your startup programs will be launched as quickly as possible – this may result in a reduction in overall performance and a generally slower start time. By moving the slider to the right, the launching of startup programs is staggered to create a smoother and faster experience. Just make your selection and click Save.

Manual Control of Startup

The best way to gain the best startup time and to ensure that the programs you need are available as soon as possible is to manually configure Startup Delayer. On the Startup Items tab you’ll see a list of every program that is configured to start with Windows.

Configure Startup Delayer manually to get more control over your computer

Configure Startup Delayer manually to get more control over your computer

You can now set about the task of prioritizing the order in which these startup programs are launched. All startup programs appear in the Normal Startup section of the list by default, but you can drag them to the top Delayed portion instead.

Using drag and drop, you can re-order program so that the program you want to be made available to you first at startup is launch first and other programs are launched at lower priority.

Drag startup items to the Delayed section to postpone their launch

Drag startup items to the Delayed section to postpone their launch

Programs will now be launched in your chosen order, and the next item in the list will not be launched until processor usage drops below a certain level. You can also control the delay that is applied to startup items by choosing to postpone program launching by a certain amount of time.

Select an item that you would like to postpone in this way and select the Manual Delay option at the bottom of the screen. You can then use the drop down menus that appears to choose how many second, minutes or hours you would like to delay the launch by before clicking Apply.

App launches can also be delayed by a specific amount of time

App launches can also be delayed by a specific amount of time

Disabling Startup Programs

Startup Delayer is not just capable of delaying the launch of startup programs, it can also be used to disable them altogether. If you can see any programs listed that you do not want to start with Windows, simply drag them from the Normal Startup section of the list to the Disabled section at the bottom of the program window – don’t forget to click the Apply and Delay button.

Startup Delayer can also be used to disable as well as delay startup programs

Startup Delayer can also be used to disable as well as delay startup programs

Analyzing Startup

There is nothing to stop you from simply experimenting with the various settings that are available in Startup Delayer and determining the startup order that works best for you, but there is a helpful option that you may find useful in working out what makes the most sense.

Click the Options button to the upper right of the program window and move to the Launch Progress tab. Ensure that the Show Notifier box is ticked and then select the Show always during Startup option. You can also tick the Show Launch Process Window on Startup option and in future you will be able to see detailed information about how long individual programs take to launch. You can use this data to fine-tune your delays and optimize your system startup.

You can closely monitor system startup to determine how best to delay programs

You can closely monitor system startup to determine how best to delay programs

It’s amazing just how much of a difference Startup Delayer can make to your computer. Put a little time and effort getting things just right and you will find that your computer starts far more quickly and smoothly than ever before.