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How to Make my Windows 8 Startup Faster?

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    How to Make my Windows 8 Startup Faster?


    When I put Windows 8 in sleep mode (yes sleep mode...I'm not shutting it off), and I turn it on, it sometimes takes up to 5 minutes to respond to any input. I'm wondering what I can check to make sure the minimal apps/programs are running, and there are no unnecessary memory hogs churning in the background? How can I test it, monitor it, and optimize it?

    Also, has anyone had any issues with Firefox sucking up tons and tons of RAM? When I look in the Task Manager, and sort by Memory, Firefox is ALWAYS at the top of the list. Is there any way to regulate the max memory settings for Firefox?

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    Windows 8.1


    The first thing you can do is open an elevated command prompt and make sure you have the S3 sleep state available:

    Type powercfg -a

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    Note that I am using a desktop and I have hibernation disabled. Please post a screenshot of your results.

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    Thanks. This is what I have.

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    Windows 8.1


    How much ram do you have installed ?
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    Good question. 4GB. I can add more. I was hoping to find a free solution. Maybe I need to ask Santa Claus for some RAM chips.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy7272 View Post
    Good question. 4GB. I can add more. I was hoping to find a free solution. Maybe I need to ask Santa Claus for some RAM chips.
    if u want to make your startup more fast then u have to setup your windows using UFFI Bios system

    does your motherboard supports UFFI Bios ?
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    I'm not sure. How can I tell? Also, isn't there an easy way to control what processes start when the computer boots up? If I got to Task manager > Startup, I can see that there are a few items listed there. It seems like nothing is having a negative impact on the performance, but I don't believe that. There is something slowing down my system.

    Also, I get things like this popping up a lot.
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    There are several other messages like that; similar but different (I don't see those right now so I can't take a screen shot). All that stuff comes from Firefox. I know some of the slowness, or maybe all of it, comes from Firefox.
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    It seems you have a lots of crap starting up with windows, start disabling the ones that are trouble or you do not really need. Non-responding tasks take way more time.
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    I have 17 processes that start when Windows starts. According to the task Manager, 7 have no impact on the startup process, 9 processes have a low impact on the startup process, and only 1, Windows Host Process has a medium impact on the startup process, but it seems like that's pretty important, so I don't want to eliminate that one.


    I think most, and probably all, of the slowness comes from Firefox. Has anyone experienced this before? Does anyone know how to manage Firefox effectively? It seems like mine is pretty out of control.

    Thanks everyone!!
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy7272 View Post
    Good question. 4GB. I can add more. I was hoping to find a free solution. Maybe I need to ask Santa Claus for some RAM chips.
    You could also maybe invest in a small SSD (or just get the SSD and not more RAM), that makes start-up noticeably faster if you have the OS installed on that.
    Last edited by StriickeN; 17 Nov 2013 at 01:03. Reason: Typo
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