How to Turn On Your PC in Under 10 Seconds

Posted on 28 August 2008

Alright, so you are also interested in having a 10 Second PC. Does sound like having a 10 second car, isn’t it? It also reflects that we all don’t like waiting for your PCs to boot and every millisecond delay feels like a minute and every minute feels like an hour.

I have found this tip on Internet and have yet tried it as I am not willing to experiment with my 20 month old windows XP installation. may be you can try it and post me back the results.

  • Click Start > Run
  • Type Regedit and Press Enter (This will open the Registry Editor)
  • Look for following Key


  • Find a Key called “Startup Delay”
  • Double Click On It
    • It is normally a base Value, Change it to Decimal
    • Default Value Is 4800000 (75300:hexadecimal)
    • Change The Value To 40000
  • Close the Registery Editor and Restart Your Computer
  • You are done, Restart your PC.

Disclaimer: this is not good for your PC, Do it on your own risk. The real key to have a 10 Second PC is a good processor, more ram, faster hard disk and leanest of all operating systems. (Linux)

PS: Using XP Hibernate feature is also a good way to boot up your PC in under or near 10 seconds.


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10 Responses to “How to Turn On Your PC in Under 10 Seconds”

  1. R. MAK. says:

    I personally Like the hibernation Idea more

    R. MAK.s last blog post..How to Turn On Your PC in Under 10 Seconds

  2. Pratyush says:

    Haha, better safe than worry :P .

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  3. I don’t want to try this. Too risky. Better careful than sorry. Maybe someone who can afford it will try it first and then tell the rest of us who are too scared to try. lol

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  4. John D says:

    Wow you can bootup your PC within 10 seconds? Sounds awesome, but unrealstic. Perhaps if you had a SSD drive, but like you said, you’d need a faster proccessor, ram and a lean OS. Good topic though. John

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  5. Zain says:

    It is not possible, I’ve tried it several systems before.
    Even with the fastest processor or the Huge RAM… 10 seconds boot up is simply impossible !!

  6. RANDOM says:

    That registry branch is related to the “Indexing Service”.
    And as any repectable windows tweaker should know, this service is one of the first to DISABLE, in order to have a more responsive pc. So the tweaking of a disabled service should have ZERO effect.

    Besides that, in case I wanted that service not disabled, it makes me think: how will the boot time reduce, if we make a service start earlier than normal (by lowering the startup delay) ?
    ideally, i would want this “indexing” to start 10+ minutes after i logon, so that i have the time to start using my pc, withaout some services keeping the cpu and HD busy.

  7. shivam says:

    i m unable to find the “startup delay”…..
    i got the key”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”

  8. Larry Miller says:

    What this setting actually does is to control the delay before the indexing service begins scanning. If this service has been disabled this will do nothing. If not, scanning may begin before bootup has completed, thus SLOWING the process.

    Do not believe everything you see on the internet. There is a great deal of nonsense out there.

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA

  9. DiscoBytes says:

    i this chrome os will boot less than 10 seconds as you say, and future processors having hundreds cores called super computers will boot in 5 seconds.
    DiscoBytes´s last [type] ..Dell Inspiron One 2305 All-in-One Desktop PC

  10. shakeyabooty says:

    it’s okay i’ll wait


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