Windows 10 Slow Boot? 9 Steps to Make it Faster

Slow booting may be caused by an outdated system or hardware

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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  • If your Windows 10 PC is booting slowly, there might be problems with your hardware or software.
  • Use the Windows 10 Startup Manager to disable the apps that might cause the Windows 10 slow startup issues.
  • Many users claimed that they solved the Windows 10 slow boot problem by updating their BIOS.
  • You should also make sure that your GPU drivers are up to date. We recommend using a driver updater tool.
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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 a similar experience, and some of them are claiming that Windows 10 takes forever to boot.

A slow booting of Windows 10 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. Don’t be shy to check out our full guide dedicated to fixing slow booting times on SSD.
  • 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 update
    • Many users reported this problem after a Windows 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.

If you’re facing the Windows 10 slow boot spinning circle here are our solutions to fix it.

How can I fix a slow boot time in Windows 10?

1. Use the Windows 10 Startup Manager

  1. Open Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the menu.
  2. 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.
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  3. Click the More details button and then go to the Startup tab.
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  4. In the Startup tab, you’ll see the startup impact of each program that starts with Windows 10.
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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 services at any time if you need them.

If you’re interested in additional info on how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide.

2. 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.

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.

If you need more information about updating your BIOS, check out this useful guide dedicated to the matter.

3. Update your graphics card drivers

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
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  2. When Device Manager opens, locate your graphics card driver, right-click it and choose Uninstall device.
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  3. Check Delete this driver software for this device and click on Uninstall.
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If you’re having a Windows 10 slow boot 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 following the aforementioned steps.

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 your drivers automatically

Updating your drivers manually isn’t that easy, especially for those who have no background knowledge. Having to find out your hardware’s model number and searching for the latest driver can be tedious.

Thankfully, there are programs that will make your life easier by automatically scanning your hardware for new driver versions, and updating them accordingly.

Ensure your system performs smoothly and avoids all GPU driver errors by using a complete driver update assistant, namely Outbyte Driver Updater, that will do the job for you. Here's how to safely update your drivers:
  1. Download and install the Outbyte Driver Updater app.
  2. Launch the software and wait for the app to detect all incompatible drivers.
  3. Now, it will show you a list of all faulty drivers to select the ones to Update or Ignore.
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  4. Click on Update & Apply Selected to download and install the newest versions.
  5. Restart your PC to ensure the applied changes.


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4. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows Key + S and search for Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, choose Update & Security.
  3. Then, select Troubleshoot, and Additional troubleshooters.
  4. Inside the new window, under Get up and running, select Windows Update.
  5. Next, click on Run the troubleshooter.

Many users reported slow boot problems in Windows 10, and according to users, this issue is caused by a corrupted Windows Update file. To fix this problem, you just need to use the Windows troubleshooter.

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.

If your Windows Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, you can easily fix it with our great guide.

5. Consider getting an SSD and tweak the 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 the 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.

If you’re in the market for a fast SSD, don’t waste another minute and check this article to get the biggest ones available right now.

6. Install the latest updates

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens, go to Update & security section.
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  3. Go to the Windows Update section, and click on Check for updates.
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Sometimes you can fix the slow boot problems simply by installing the latest updates. Windows 10 usually downloads the necessary updates in the background.

Take a closer look at this quick article about Windows updates if you’re not sure when your OS is installing new updates.

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

Is the Windows Settings app giving you trouble? Follow the steps from this detailed article to solve the issue. Additionally, here’s another detailed guide dedicated to solving Windows problems.

7. Delete all files from WDI directory

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following directory: C:/Windows/System32/
  2. Now go to the 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

If you’re having slow boot issues, you might be able to fix the problem by deleting the contents of the WDI directory as instructed in the steps above.

After removing the contents of the WDI directory, the Windows 10 slow startup issue will be fixed.

Here’s a comprehensive guide dedicated to fixing File Explorer issues that will make sure it won’t give you any problems in the future.

8. Install the Intel Rapid Store Technology driver

To fix the problems with the slow boot, you just need to install the 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 the Intel Rapid Store Technology driver from their official website and check if the problem is resolved.

If you’re unable to install drivers on your Windows 10 PC, you’ll find all the causes and solutions for your issues in this great guide.

9. Enable/disable Fast Startup

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

Sometimes the fast startup feature can cause this problem, but you can disable/enable it by following our method above. After disabling or enabling fast startup, the issue should be resolved.

Moreover, you can also give a read to this useful guide dedicated to Fast Startup issues if you want to learn how to solve them quickly.

Why does Windows 10 boot so slowly after reinstalling and how can I fix it?

  1. Open the Control Panel and go to System.
  2. Use the built-in search option to locate Advanced system settings and click on the link.
  3. Once the System Properties window opens, go to the Advanced tab.
  4. Select Settings, right under the first section called Performance.
  5. Finally, check the box corresponding to Adjust for best performance and hit Apply.

If Windows 10 takes 20 minutes to boot, after reinstalling this solution will definitely help you.

How do I make Windows 10 boot faster?

Note that this simple operation, together with disabling other resource-intense services will free up more CPU and help your computer boot faster. You can even throw in a good repair and optimizer tool to speed up startup and booting.

We do have to stress that if Windows 10 slow boot issues continue after the clean install, you might have to repeat the installation.

Make sure you previously purged other versions and reformat or create a new partition on your disk.

Residual files have a tendency to get stuck causing bloatware to pile up and slowing you down. Needless to say, you should back up your files to secure them against any potential damage or loss.

Finally, if your computer takes a long time to boot after a clean install, the issue could be related to faulty or failing hardware equipment. Don’t forget to test your hard drives with proper diagnostics tools to make sure they are sained.

That’s it. If none of these solutions helped you to solve the problem with the Windows 10 slow startup problem, check out the solutions from our article about slowed-down computers in Windows 10.

If you have any comments or suggestions, tell us in the comment section below. Also, if you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our dedicated Windows 10 section.

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