Your Windows system gets slower and slower, boot time increases? That's an experience most of us PC users share. The main cause of a slow boot process is not a 'cluttered' or 'fragmented' Registry, but all the little programs, drivers and helper services that are installed intentionally and sometimes even without you noticing, and are all started at the same time when Windows boots. So in almost all cases the reason for a slow boot process is the hard drive struggling to deliver all the data required for starting these programs simultaneously. And defragmenting your boot drive unfortunately does not help much.

There are two things you can do that really help speeding up the boot process.

  1. Get yourself a SSD (solid state drive). It can deliver the reqired data much faster and will definitely improve your boot time by a huge margin. However, this is a rather expensive solution.
  2. Download and install Argus Boot Accelerator, and spend a few minutes to configure it properly.

Argus Boot Accelerator speeds up your boot process by managing your startup programs. Usually Windows would start all of them at the same time during the boot process, demanding data from your hard disk faster than it can deliver them. Argus Boot Accelerator will start them sequentially.

You can specify the order in which the programs will be started, set the waiting time before the next startup program is started and use advanced options like preventing the start of a program until the CPU and/or hard disk drive are idle.

How to configure Argus Boot Accelerator?

After having installed Argus Boot Accelerator you specify which startup programs it should manage. Only the startup behaviour of those programs can be controlled, the rest will still be controlled by Windows and continue to slow down the boot process.

Argus Boot Accelerator shows all startup entries. Simply drag-and-drop startup entries from the Unmanaged Startup Items list to the Managed Startup Items list.

During the system boot process and after logon the programs will be started in the order they appear in the list. You can rearrange the items by drag-and-drop.

There are some options available for each startup entry, the most important ones are:

  1. Delay: This is probably the most important option. The delay specifies how long Argus Boot Accelerator will wait after the current entry until the next startup program is started. Indicate here the time required for the program to load.
  2. Max. Delay: If specified, this option determines when the respective entry is loaded at the latest after logon.
  3. Remove Duplicate: Some programs automatically add themselves to the Windows autostart process each time they start. Set this option to prevent this and keep them controlled by Argus Startup Accelerator.
  4. Check For Running Instances: Check this option to prevent the entry from being started if another instance is already running. This is useful for programs which you sometimes might want to start manually before they are started by Argus Boot Accelerator.