Speed up Windows startup time with Startup Delayer

Startup DelayerI hate waiting the 3 or 4 minutes after logging into Windows for it to load all the background applications and become usable. It’s just such a waste of time. Most of the programs that load are ones that I use on a daily basis (Skype, SugarSync, PhraseExpress, etc) but don’t need to be used as soon as you turn on the computer. They aren’t actually that resource hungry but when they all try to load at the same time it slows down the time it takes to open applications that you actually want to use, like Firefox.

This is where Startup Delayer comes in.

Startup Delayer allows you to delay the loading of the applications that start when Windows does, and spread them out over a period of time.

To test it out I timed how long it would take Firefox to load normally, and then with Startup Delayer configured. It took 3 minutes and 40 seconds normally but with Startup Delayer configured it loaded in just over half of that at about 2 minutes flat.

What I did was

  • Removed all applications that I didn’t want to load in the first place like the iTunesHelper, QuickTime Task and all those other apps that I didn’t ask to be there.
  • I then pushed the non essential applications back down the time and spread them out evenly over a period of 2 minutes (with a 2 minute delay before any of them start).
  • I also added Firefox to the startup routine so that it would load as soon as I logged in, without waiting for me to click the icon in the quick launch bar.

That’s it.

Do you have any tips to cut down the amount of time you’re left waiting for your computer?


I just upgraded the RAM and processor, that gave me a loading time of 1,5 min to start all the applications. I´m trying to avoid all the installation of small programs that is “supposed to” give you a better and faster computer. What they do is really to slow it down, and decrease the amount of time before you have to reinstall the OS.

The biggest speed boost I've seen in my life so far was after replacing my 7200rpm drive with an SSD. The time between pressing the power button and having a usable desktop went from 3 minutes to 30 seconds.

Been using this for god knows how long and it's one of those programs I install on every PC I use. Great free program that does what it's designed to do VERY well, and that's rare. Makes your system usable more quickly and efficiently than the default "every startup program runs at once" in Windows. This is one simple function you would have thought Microsoft would have built in by now.....