I hate waiting the 3 or 4 minutes after logging into Windows for it to load all the background applications and become usable. It’s just such a waste of time. Most of the programs that load are ones that I use on a daily basis (Skype, SugarSync, PhraseExpress, etc) but don’t need to be used as soon as you turn on the computer. They aren’t actually that resource hungry but when they all try to load at the same time it slows down the time it takes to open applications that you actually want to use, like Firefox.
This is where Startup Delayer comes in.
Startup Delayer allows you to delay the loading of the applications that start when Windows does, and spread them out over a period of time.
To test it out I timed how long it would take Firefox to load normally, and then with Startup Delayer configured. It took 3 minutes and 40 seconds normally but with Startup Delayer configured it loaded in just over half of that at about 2 minutes flat.
What I did was
- Removed all applications that I didn’t want to load in the first place like the iTunesHelper, QuickTime Task and all those other apps that I didn’t ask to be there.
- I then pushed the non essential applications back down the time and spread them out evenly over a period of 2 minutes (with a 2 minute delay before any of them start).
- I also added Firefox to the startup routine so that it would load as soon as I logged in, without waiting for me to click the icon in the quick launch bar.
Do you have any tips to cut down the amount of time you’re left waiting for your computer?