If you’ve taken up Microsoft’s offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, you may have noticed that the system is a bit faster. Sadly, the results have been mixed and some users actually claim their computer takes longer to start up.

One thing that doesn’t help your machine boot up faster is having too much software set to run as soon as you switch it on. You may not be aware that many applications are doing this, eating away at speed and power when you’re not even using them. But it’s easy to sort out, and hopefully you’ll notice a slight improvement the next time you start up your PC.

If you’re using an older Windows PC, we’ve got some tips on how you can improve the speed of your machine here.

Windows 10 users, follow the steps below to see how to speed up your PC’s boot time:

1: Right-click on the Start Button then select Task Manager.

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2: A window will appear, click More details below.

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3: The window should expand. Along the second navigation, find Start-up.

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4: Here, you can see all the applications and software that load up when your computer starts up. For the ones you don’t think you’ll need, right-click Disable.

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If you’re unsure, feel free to test it out. You can always go back and click Enable. But obviously you won’t see the changes until your computer is restarted.

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Article updated on 25/11/2016