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I usually don’t have a problem with needing my machine to start up quickly. I generally turn the thing on, walk away, and when I come back, everything has started. Occasionally, though, I may need to get something off the computer quickly, and I don’t want to wait for all the programs to run on startup.
The Magic Key
Here’s a little known trick: holding the shift key down as the machine starts Windows (on a machine that doesn’t need a login) or while you hit enter (on a machine that does need a login) will bypass all the programs in the Windows startup folders.
When you hold the shift key down, you get a much faster startup.
Note: removing unneeded entries from both your and the “all user” startup entries can make the changes permanent.
Photo by Matt loves kicks