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There are a lot, really a lot of ways to improve and speed up your Windows operating system. You may want to read these articles of mine about how to speed up Vista, its Internet connection, its cleanup process,or how to improve the performance of Windows 7 taskbar. Anyway, since there is not end to the tweaks you can apply to enhance your Windows, here is a wonderful trick which will let you speed up  the Bootup process in Windows Vista and 7.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search bar, type msconfig and hit Enter. (alternatively you can just press WIN + R)
  3. Click the Boot tab.
  4. Click the Advanced Options… button.
  5. Tick the Number of Processors box and from the drop-down menu select the max number of processors.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Restart your computer for the change to take effect.

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6 Comments to “How to speed up Windows Vista and Windows 7 Bootup”

  1. Tony Says:

    Er, I don’t think this tip is false at all. I just tried running a couple of time tests and with one proc enabled (the default), it took 45 seconds from cold boot to log on prompt and another 45 seconds from log-on to showing the desktop. When I changed the setting to 4 procs enabled, the cold-boot-to-logon-prompt time remained at 45 seconds, but the logon-prompt-to-desktop time dropped to 28 seconds (38% improvement). Switched it back again to 1 proc and full cold-boot-to-desktop time went back to 1:30 (45+45).

  2. Mike Says:

    This is a completely false tip. Like stated above, it is used for debugging purposes. Windows Vista/7 will automatically use the maximum amount of processing cores available to it. Also, if you are running a 64-bit version of the OS, the amount of RAM you are able to use will decrease to the limitations of a 32-bit OS. So, instead of being able to use all 4096MB of RAM in a 64-bit system, you will only be able to use ~3072MB.

  3. Dennis F Says:

    Couldn’t confirm or deny the above comment in my 1,500+ pages of Vista reference. However, this trick isn’t complete if it does work. In the “System Configuration” window, “Advanced options…”, you must check the “Make all boot settings permanent box” before checking “OK” or it’s a one time deal.

  4. Soldier1st Says:

    That tip is a myth as vista already uses all of your cpu’s, It is for debugging if your having a problem with an application that may have a problem with either a dual core or single core.

  5. Web Talk Says:

    That’s correct Pieter! I corrected it. Thanks a lot! 😉

  6. Pieter Says:

    I think that “mscinfig” in step 2. “In the Search bar, type mscinfig and hit Enter”, should be msconfig.

    Regards, Pieter

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