What steps should I take to improve my PC’s start-up time?

1. Disable unnecessary startup programs: Many programs automatically launch upon startup, causing your computer to slow down at start up. To prevent this from happening, disable any unnecessary startup programs by going to Task Manager > Startup tab.

2. Update your operating system: Outdated operating systems can become slow and unresponsive, so regularly updating your operating system can help improve performance.

3. Clean out your hard drive: Removing unnecessary files such as old software, unwanted photos, and large video files can help speed up your startup time.

4. Use a solid-state drive (SSD): Replacing your traditional hard drive with an SSD can significantly improve your PC’s startup time.

5. Defragment your hard drive: Fragmented files can make it difficult for your computer to access the necessary files it needs, leading to slower start-up. Windows’ built-in disk defragmenter is a great tool to use.

6. Change your power settings: Changing your power settings to “High Performance” mode can also help speed up startup.