Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane
I was just wondering what I was missing to get these boot times. Didn't realize there was much one could do to shorten or control them at all. Just figured that was the way it is, or that I was making some catastrophic error every time I built one.
I think it's a combination of disabling unused hardware in the BIOS and also lightening the load for the startup of Windows as much as possible. Lightening that load can be quite time-consuming, so it's not as simple as just saying it like that. It also helps to use an anti-virus that's as light on the system as possible, if an anti-virus is desired.
I've always been like this, and so the last time I had a startup that was 2-3 minutes or longer was when I had an old 500 MHz Pentium III system with a 40 GB 5400 RPM IDE hard drive (Barracuda, I think).