The number one thing you can do to speed up boot times....Install a Solid State Drive, replacing your hard drive (in a laptop). Use a ghosting program (disk duplicator) to move over your existing hard drive that boots the OS. I have done this with several (OK, 14 machines) and even with Core2duo machines the boot time in under 30 seconds. With i5 machines it can go as low as 11 seconds. Also the updates are much faster as is installing software.
I have had Windows 10 for several months from the free upgrade. I am getting used to it; however, from day 1, my laptop is slower in booting up. I believe it is because Win 10 has many programs running in the background that I neither need or use. I do all of my work on a terminal server so my local is strictly for personal use, however, the time delays are annoying. I am not a computer expert and short of looking up every single program online one at a time, I do not know which programs I can disable or delete in order to speed it up. I have even tried to get an appointment in my rural area with a PC company to assist me in going through it all and optimizing it with me, but they do not respond. Am I asking the wrong questions? Is my request too foolish to warrant an answer from the local experts? I would love to have some help on this or any tips that will overall improve my boot-up speed would be wonderful. Thanks!
--Submitted by Susan K.