[Windows] Improve your boot time by disabling startup items and services with Anvi Startup Booster

Startup Booster Main UIAfter a while, Windows can start taking a long time to boot. There are many reasons for this, which all have to do with normal wear and tear of the operating system. One of the best ways to speed up boot time in Windows is to disable various applications and services that open up with the operating system. You can try the traditional route and open up ‘services.msc’ or you can use third party software. Anvi Startup Booster is a user friendly program that allows you to mitigate the Windows boot time by disabling startup items and services.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Startup Booster OptimizingAnvi Startup Booster makes use of a user friendly UI and allows you to disable startup items to decrease boot time. It analyzes startup items and calculates the average boot time for your machine, and then it suggests items that can safely be disabled. It’s especially useful for anyone that doesn’t want to mess around with the standard Windows services application.

Pros

  • Very easy to use and understand
  • Attractive UI, with clear and concise options
  • Automatically analyzes startup items and services upon opening the application
    • Boot time estimate appears to be accurate (tested on multiple machines)
    • Will recommend items to optimize (disable)
  • Accessible scanning results, displays all vital information at the bottom of the home tab
  • You can restore any changes made individually or all at once

Cons

  • Can disable startup items/processes/services but cannot delay them (i.e. can’t make it so items still start but start X minutes after boot instead of at boot)
  • Not guaranteed to provide a significant startup boost. If you already have an optimized boot time, then this app won’t help you much.
  • System and network tweaks are a congenial addition, but most of them have no effect on performance

Discussion

Startup Booster ScanWhen you first open Startup Booster it will perform an initial inspection of your system. During the scan,  the program detects startup items and services and then tries to determine which ones can safely be disabled to increase boot time. Once the scan is done, you’ll come face to face with the UI.

At the very bottom of the home tab, Startup Booster will tell you how many total items can be optimized or disabled, how many items have been automatically selected, and how many seconds it will save you during boot time. I mentioned this right up front because it’s one of the first things you notice after the initial scan.

Startup Booster Home TabThere are four tabs to explore: home, startup, service and restore. The home tab essentially has all the options compiled into one convenient location and includes dropdowns to match the startup and service tabs. It also includes system settings tweaks and network settings tweaks that supposedly improve performance. I won’t start an argument here about whether or not they work, you can check them out for yourself. I’m of the opinion that the quick tweaks are a form of placebo.

Anyway, on the startup and service tabs you can see every related item, including those you previously disabled. Items can be disabled or enabled with a single button click, which is pretty darn convenient. A smaller context menu pops up when selecting the arrow icon, and you can delete, enable/disable, or open the storage location of the item.

Startup Booster Restore TabThe restore tab, obviously allows you to revert any changes you’ve made to startup items and services. You can sort through each of the categories individually and enable items one by one, or you can take advantage of a handy “restore all” function to reverse everything all at once.

The program itself is pretty straightforward, there’s not much else to it unless you include all the various system tweaks you can do. For reference, I did notice a bit of an improvement in my boot time after using the software, but I have a lot of startup items. Obviously, if you don’t have a lot of startup items or services and your boot times are long, than there could be something else wrong. In that case, I would recommend using a registry cleaner like CCleaner.

For a specific reference, the boot time on my machine was increased by 0.2 seconds. It takes a total of 30 seconds for my computer to start up completely, though, meaning I had no real room left to optimize.

Conclusion and download link

Startup Booster ResultsAnvi Startup Booster is designed to minimize the time it takes to boot your system by disabling unnecessary services and startup items. It will automatically scan for items to disable, the first time you run the program, but you can also fine tune the experience. If you break something, you can always restore any items you’ve disabled, so there are no permanent changes, unless you delete an item, but you have to go out of your way to do that. Startup Booster is particularly useful for anyone that’s not keen on messing with advanced system applications. For seasoned computer users like me, it doesn’t offer anything unique. The system and network tweaks are a lovely addition, but their usefulness is questionable at best.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0.51

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven, Eight)

Download size: 12MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46

Is it portable? No

Anvi Startup Booster homepage

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8 comments

  1. Godel

    Microsoft’s free Autoruns is an other alternative.

    I regularly disable programs that I don’t use all the time and just re-enable them and reboot when needed, with Secunia PSI, Skype and Hotspot Shield being examples of these. Secunia and Hotspot have three entries each to tick or untick and Skype has seven.

    Autoruns’ search function helps here (binoculars icon in the tool bar).

    Unfortunately Autoruns doesn’t include a delay function.

  2. Hal

    I use what is built in windows…..been using since W95…….and works with W7, not sure on W8

    go to Start > Run

    type in ” msconfig ” (without quotes)
    > Click OK > Startup Tab and “uncheck”
    the ones you do not need at startup.
    Click > Aplly > OK ….And of course then you have to reboot (only downside). Right now only have like 6 or 7 things running….sure makes boot time better

    Needless to say only do a few at a time and of course when you click on program in the program menu will run just fine.

    I will give Winpatrol ….but this has worked for me without problems,

  3. jayesstee

    [@Briley Kenney] I also have used WinPatrol for some time now.  It is very light on resources (compared with say Soluto) and I can thoroughly recommend it. Soluto works by delaying some start-ups.
    However can Anvi be used only to time the overall start up to compare the effect of delaying various start-up items?

  4. Louis

    [@greg bern]
    Yep, and I find the ‘delayed start’ tab also very handy, lets you get going with your machine quicker, with the stuff you may want to have running in the background, but not immediately, loading later.

    I’ve not seen (yet) that function in any other utility that improves your startup time