Fix: Booting Takes a Long Time in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
7 minute read

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Just like Windows 8, Windows 10 was intended to improve hardware performance and speed up your computer, and most users are satisfied with their performance on Windows 10. Sadly, not all users have similar experience, and some of them are claiming that booting routine takes up a long time on Windows 10.

What to do if booting takes a long time in Windows 10

Slow boot can be a big problem, and in this article we’re going to cover the following issues:

  • Slow boot SSD, hard drive – According to users, both SSD and hard drive owners have experienced slow boot issues. However, you should be able to fix this problem by using one of our solutions.
  • Windows 10 slow boot black screen – Users reported that they are stuck on a black screen during the boot. This is an annoying problem and it’s usually caused by your graphics card drivers.
  • Windows 10 slow boot after Creators Update – Many users reported this problem after the Creators Update. This is a big problem, and it’s most likely caused by an incompatible driver or software.
  • Slow boot Windows 10 AMD, Nvidia – Your graphics card can be the cause for slow boot, and both AMD and Nvidia owners reported this issue. To fix the problem, you just have to reinstall or update your drivers.
  • Slow boot even in Safe Mode – If you’re having issues with slow boot in Safe Mode, the problem might be your hardware or BIOS configuration.
  • Slow startup time windows 10 – This is a variation of this problem, and if you have problems with slow startup time, you might be able to fix it using one of our solutions.

Long boot times on Windows operating systems are usually caused by third-party apps that you install, and since most of them start automatically with Windows 10, they tend to make your booting routine slow. To fix this, you can try the following:

Solution 1 – Use Windows 10 Startup Manager

  1. Open Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the menu. In addition, you can use Ctrl + Shift + Escape to open the Task Manager directly or Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task Manager from the list.
    Slow boot Windows 10 AMD
  2. Click the More details button and then go to Startup tab.
    Slow boot even in Safe Mode

In the Startup tab you’ll see Startup impact of each program that starts with Windows 10. Each application can have Low, Medium, or High impact on your startup time, and to disable the app just right click it and click Disable.
Slow startup time windows 10
The key is to choose the right apps to disable, for example you want to keep your Antivirus running, but you might want to disable Skype or driver update software from starting with your Windows 10. Of course, you can manually start these service at any time if you need them.

Solution 2 – Consider getting a SSD, tweak BIOS settings

Solid State Drives are great for your PC in terms of speed, and if you can afford one, maybe you should consider getting one in the future.

If you can’t afford it, you might want to tweak some BIOS settings to improve your booting routine. For example, you can disable BIOS checking your DVD drive or network locations each time you boot and reduce boot time.

Few users reported that this problem occurs due to USB Storage Function in BIOS. This feature is used to boot your PC from a flash drive, and if you don’t want to do that, you can just disable it. To see how to find and disable this feature in BIOS, we advise you to check your motherboard manual.

Solution 3 – Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Many users reported slow boot problems in Windows 10, and according to users, this issue is caused by corrupted Windows Update file. To fix this problem, you just need to download Windows Update Troubleshooter. This is an official tool from Microsoft, so be sure to download it.

Once you start the tool, it should automatically fix any issues and corrupted files. After the troubleshooter is finished, check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 4 – Update your BIOS

Several users reported that they fixed the slow boot problems in Windows 10 by updating their BIOS. BIOS update is an advanced and potentially dangerous procedure, so use it at your own risk. If you want to know more, we wrote a short guide on how to update your BIOS, so be sure to check it out.

After updating your BIOS, check if the issue is resolved. If you already have the latest version of BIOS, you might want to reflash it and install the same version again. Few users reported that installing the same version of BIOS fixed the problem for them, so you might want to try that.

Solution 5 – Update your graphics card drivers

If you’re having slow boot problems in Windows 10 followed by a black screen, the issue might be related to your drivers. According to users, they fixed this problem simply by updating their Nvidia drivers.

Updating your graphics card drivers is relatively simple, but if you don’t know how to do it, we wrote a short guide on how to update your graphics card drivers. In some cases, you might have to uninstall your drivers and reinstall them again. You can easily do that right from Device Manager by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
    Slow startup time windows 10
  2. When Device Manager opens, locate your graphics card driver, right click it and choose Uninstall device.
    Slow boot SSD
  3. Check Delete this driver software for this device and click on Uninstall.
    Windows 10 slow boot black screen

After the driver is uninstalled, simply download the latest driver and check if the issue is resolved. If you want to completely remove your driver along with all of its associated files, be sure to check our guide on how to use Display Driver Uninstaller.

Update drivers automatically (third-part tool suggested)

In case you do not have the time to follow the steps above, you may consider using a third-party updater. We strongly recommend Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. It automatically identifies each device on your computer and matches it with the latest driver versions from an extensive online database.

Here is how it works:

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
    2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
      tweakbit driver updater scanning drivers
    3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
      Automatically Update complete
      Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.

Solution 6 – Install the latest updates

Sometimes you can fix the slow boot problems simply by installing the latest updates. Windows 10 usually downloads the necessary updates in the background, but you can always check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens, go to Update & security section.
    Slow boot hard drive
  3. Now click on Check for updates button.
    Windows 10 slow boot black screen

If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically and installed once you restart your PC. If your PC is already up to date, you might want to try a different solution.

Solution 7 – Delete all files from WDI directory

If you’re having slow boot issues, you might be able to fix the problem by deleting the contents of the WDI directory. To do that, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32 directory.
  2. Now go to WDI directory.
    Windows 10 slow boot after Creators Update
  3. If you get a security prompt, click on Continue to proceed.
    Slow boot Windows 10 Nvidia
  4. Select all files from the WDI directory, right click them and choose Delete.
    Slow boot even in Safe Mode

After removing the contents of the WDI directory, the problem with slow boot will be fixed.

Solution 8 – Install Intel Rapid Store Technology driver

To fix the problems with slow boot, you just need to install Intel Rapid Store Technology driver on your PC. Many users reported that this driver isn’t the latest, and that’s causing the issue to appear.

To fix the problem, just download and install the latest version of Intel Rapid Store Technology driver and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 9 – Enable / disable Fast Startup

Sometimes fast startup feature can cause this problem, but you can disable / enable it by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list.
    Windows 10 slow boot after Creators Update
  2. When Command Prompt opens, select Power Options from the menu.
    Slow boot Windows 10 AMD
  3. Power Options window will now appear. Click on Choose what the power button does from the menu on the left.
    Slow boot SSD
  4. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
    Windows 10 slow boot black screen
  5. If Turn on fast startup is checked, disable it. If this feature is not enabled, check it. Now click on Save changes button.
    Windows 10 slow boot after Creators Update

After disabling or enabling fast startup, the issue should be resolved.

That’s it, if somehow none of these solutions helped you to solve the problem with slow boot, you can check out the solutions from our article about slowed down computer in Windows 10.

If you have any comments, or suggestions, write them down in our comment section, below. Also, if you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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