When your computer turns on, Windows 10 has a feature that waits about ten seconds before opening your startup apps. The “startup delay” is intended to give your desktop and Windows app services time to finish loading, allowing them to run more smoothly. There is, however, a Registry edit you can use if you have apps or services that you want to start up immediately when Windows 10 starts.
The ten-second startup delay can be reduced or completely disabled with this Registry change. You won’t be able to apply this change to specific startup apps because it applies to all of them. It’s worth noting that this Registry change works best on a Windows 10 PC with a solid-state drive (SSD) (solid state drive). A solid-state drive (SSD) loads programs much faster than a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) (hard disk drives). Although you can use this Registry edit on a Windows 10 PC with an HDD, you may not notice a significant difference in the speed with which your startup apps load.
Reduce Windows 10 Startup Delay
The following are the steps to speed up your PC by editing the Windows Registry:
- By typing “regedit” into the Start menu or search bar and selecting Run as administrator, you can access the Windows Registry Editor.
- When the UAC (User Account Control) prompt appears, select Yes to make administrative changes to your Windows 10 PC.
- Browse to the following Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerSerialize
- If Serialize, does not exist, create a new Key in Explorer by right clicking on Explorer: New > Key (Name the Key: Serialize).
- Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value called StartupDelayInMSec in Serialize. Make sure the hexadecimal value is set to 0. By default, it should be set to 0.
- To make the changes take effect, restart your computer.
Related: How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 10
You’re finished! The startup delay in Windows 10 has been removed. If your Windows 10 computer has an SSD, you should notice a significant improvement in startup time. With HDDs, you might not notice much, if any, improvement in startup times. The length of time it takes to boot into Windows 10 is also determined by the number of apps and Windows services you have enabled for startup. You may notice a slight increase in the time it takes for Windows 10 to start if you have a lot of services enabled at startup.