Many customers complain that their
computers are slow and unresponsive. However, the computer startup might be
considered as a separate issue, even thou the similar appearance is observed. When
Windows loads its Startup file, it attempts to load every program activated to
start up with Operating Systems altogether at the same time. Therefore if you
have quite a lot of programs starting when Windows starts, each program will
try to grab required CPU and Disk time so that it can load properly.
This fight for resources causes computer slowdown due to the computer
limited resources, trying to accommodate all requests at the same time – your
CPU is trying to help all the programs to load, and your hard disk accessing
multiple files. It is especially noticeable for the slightly older systems with
no performed periodic system maintenance.
1. Startup Delayer
Free utility, Startup Delayer, gives you the power to optimize your
Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log
into your computer. By delaying the applications and optimizing their launch during
start up, your computer becomes operational much faster. Thus, startup Delayer allows you add some
order to this process by determining the best time to launch your Applications.
You can choose to do this based on how idle your computer is, or you can set an
2. My Startup Delayer
My Startup Delayer is a free portable utility, but it is not
strictly speaking freeware. It is donationware. Sometimes a popup window
(asking for a donation) may open when launching the software. If you donate,
that window will not appear anymore. If you do not donate, the software will
not stop working and will not use its functionality, but you will have to live
with occasional pop-ups.
3. Launch Later
Open source LaunchLater
allows you to defer the launch of applications that run at Windows login. This
lets Windows focus on booting itself first, then subsequently running a list of
configured startup apps using a schedule that you control. The freeware
does require that you have .NET Framework (ver.4.0) installed.
very simple: you add the applications you want to delay and specify the delay
in seconds. But the simplicity also entails a bit of work, because you have to
manually browse to the executable of the application you want to delay the
Web site: http://launchlater.codeplex.com/