Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Summary
For example, I installed Windows 8 to an SSD drive that has very fast read
speed. The result is a Windows 8 boot that takes just a few seconds. If you don’t
own an SSD, I highly recommend getting one because the cost has come down
significantly. I cover selecting an SSD drive and show you how to transfer your
entire Windows 8 install in Chapter 16, which is about improving overall system
performance.
If you are stuck with a traditional hard drive you can still optimize the
placement of the files. Although, in Windows 8, what is commonly known as a boot
defragment is done automatically. I show you how to use third-party
defragment utilities that optimize your boot speed and more in Chapter 16 as well.
Summary
This chapter showed you many ways to reduce the amount of time it takes your
computer to boot. First, you worked on changing some of the BIOS settings that
optimize your computer to achieve maximum boot speed. Then, you learned
how to remove your boot screen to shave off some more time. After that, you
disabled other parts of Windows, such as hardware, fonts, and services that you
may never use, but which all take up time when your computer starts up. To
wrap up this chapter, I touched on optimizing the location of the Windows 8
boot files.
This chapter showed you how to speed up the first half of your computer’s
startup. The next chapter picks up on the second half—the system logon. I show
you some cool tips on how you can speed it up, too.
 
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