[Windows] Make Windows boot faster by delaying startup programs with Startup Delayer

Startup Delayer UIOne particular issue you can run into when starting Windows is that various startup items slow down the initial logon process. This is because the Windows OS also requires a good amount of system resources to get things running smoothly, and that includes starting services integrated into the OS. You can mitigate this problem by disabling startup items, so that they are not started with Windows. The problem with that approach is that sometimes you still need the related apps to run automatically on boot. Startup Delayer is a Windows application that will allow you to delay various items and apps, making the system startup process much faster.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Startup Delayer manual delayOne particular issue you can run into when starting Windows is that various startup items slow down the initial logon process. This is because the Windows OS also requires a good amount of system resources to get things running smoothly, and that includes starting services integrated into the OS. You can mitigate this problem by disabling startup items, so that they are not started with Windows. The problem with that approach is that sometimes you still need the related apps to run automatically on boot. Startup Delayer provides a different approach to making Windows boot faster; instead of completely disabling startup programs and processes, it allows you to delay startup items (aka automatically run startup items a few minutes after boot, instead of directly at boot), ensuring Windows boots faster and your necessary programs and processes still run automatically.

Take note there are two versions of Startup Delayer, Standard (free) and Premium ($20). The following are the features found in Premium but not found in Standard:

  • Copy and Paste applications between user accounts
  • Convert running Tasks to Startup Applications
  • Backup and Restore all local users and applications
  • Startup Profiles
  • Launch applications on a schedule
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  • Support future development
  • 1 license supports all your home computers

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Pros

  • Allows you to delay launch times of startup items to decrease the time it takes for Windows to boot
    • You can choose between automatic or manual delay profiles
    • Automatic will delay the app until the CPU or disk idle percentage has reached a specific amount
  • Works with 32-bit and 64-bit programs and processes
  • Also includes task manager and running services tools
  • Extremely light on system resources, uses about 2MB of RAM while running

Cons

  • Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Some features are reserved for the premium version, but this is OK because the free version still does its main job (aka delaying startup items) and the developer needs to make money after all

Discussion

Startup Delayer LayoutStartup Delayer is first and foremost a system startup tool that allows you to manage apps and services set to launch with Windows. By delaying various app startup times, you can mitigate the resources necessary to get the system up and running and you can also maintain the items as desired.

It’s not a portable application, which is a shame, but there are no unnecessary packages or bloatware apps offered during the install process. That’s always a pleasing thing to note.

The first time you start the application you’ll be asked to choose the default display language you’d like to use. There are several ranging from Bulgarian, all the way to Ukranian. You will also be prompted to open the first time help file, which offers a quick tutorial of sorts for using the application.

Startup Delayer running tasksThe interface is pretty simple, as there are only three tabs: startup applications, running tasks and system services. The first tab obviously shows you a list of all the startup items, which are meant to open as soon as a user logs on to Windows. The second tab displays any running tasks, and is quite reminiscent of the Windows task manager. The third tab displays system service and their current status, right along with their startup type.

When delaying items, you can assign an “automatic” delay or a “manual” delay. The manual delay is time based, and you can set the application to start after a certain amount of hours, minutes or combination thereof. With the automatic delay, you configure a specific CPU and disk idle limit which will determine when the related app is launched.

Startup Delayer system servicesThe other two tabs really aren’t anything different from what you’ll find with the Windows Task Manager or System Services (Services.msc) app. One feature that’s particularly interesting is that you can add currently running tasks as a startup item, but this is a premium-only option, unfortunately.

Depending on how many items you have set to run when Windows starts, this application does speed up the boot process. It will do wonders on computers that are under a lot of stress at boot.

For reference, Startup Delayer uses nearly 2MB while running, so even though it’s not portable it is certainly lightweight.

Conclusion and download link

Startup Delayer optionsStartup Delayer is a Windows application that provides a different approach to managing startup programs and processes. Tools like CCleaner and Autoruns allow you to edit startup items by disabling or removing them altogether. This app does something better and allows you to delay startup items for a bit, allowing your OS to boot a bit faster and for the startup items to still run automatically.  Plus it’s incredibly lightweight and it only uses about 2MB of RAM while running. Some of the features are locked down to the paid premium version only, but there’s enough in the free version to warrant a download. If you’re looking to optimize your startup time, then this is certainly a promising option. I highly recommend you check out Startup Delayer if you want the ability to delay startup programs and processes.

Price: Free, $20

Version reviewed: 3.0, Build 333

Supported OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/2003/XP

Download size: 6.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/44

Is it portable? No

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7 comments

  1. melen001

    Pretty nice piece of software. I have been using a different alternative, that is SOLUTO for the past year and it does an impressive job. Not only will it delay start-up programs and APPs but it tells you which ones can be delayed safely. It also gives you info on system OS and things like “what made your PC crash”, background apps, removable apps, potentially removable apps, required apps, removed apps, add-ons, firewall, antivirus running, windows updates, hardware info and can also install updates for you. It also gives you the option to monitor other PC’s like maybe a friends PC or any body else and I find that very useful. It even takes snapshots of the PC to have it sent or received by you. And this is the FREE version. Have you done a review on this software? Hope you do…….

  2. Mikerman

    [@Ashraf] Absolutely. I just raised AnVir Task Manager for those who would find its other functions helpful as well (why I noted some of them). And to perhaps encourage people to take advantage of the current free offer.

  3. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Mike] [@onedeafeye] I agree about your comments regarding AnVir Task Manager and WinPatrol. Both have the ability to delay startup items plus a lot more, and both are great programs.

    However, not everyone uses either of those two because they may not need or want all that functionality. Startup Delayer is for those that prefer a specialized, low-computer resource usage (neither AnVir or WinPatrol use as less RAM while idle as Startup Delayer) program for delaying startup items.

  4. Mike

    Thanks for the information–nice to know about this program!

    I might suggest an alternative as well: AnVir Task Manager. AnVir Task Manager also will let you delay the start-up of programs, although (as far as I am aware) only by delayed time–not by CPU or disk usage.

    But the reason I mention it here is that it has so many other capabilities, and so one gets all those capabilities from this single program. It also has an (optional) memory cleaner like CleanMem, that periodically will free up memory on your computer (default is every 15 minutes; you can change it to whatever you want); gauges for your system tray, providing memory, CPU, network, disk and battery usage information; and its biggest “claim to fame,” a super-powered task manager (think the Windows task manager on ultra-steroids), that sits in your Windows computer watching over and protecting you, stopping programs from putting themselves into your automatic start program list (unless you want them there) or changing your browser home page–it also will help you research unknown programs in your startup folder and do things that the Windows task manager can’t, such as killing stubborn programs.

    As I said, I just like that it combines so many functions. And for at least this month, the Standard version of the program is available for free, if you do a mini-review blurb about it on your Facebook page (or other blog). Here’s the post I wrote about the offer earlier, here on dotTech: http://dottech.org/forums/freeware-software/free-anvir-task-manager-standard-edition-thru-end-of-august-2013/#p17961.