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Right out of the packaging the Windows 7 operating system does not come configured to boot up with multiple processor cores. This means that users of multi-core processors are not utilizing the full potential of their processor when their computer boots up. Modifying the number of processors used on startup is an extremely easy thing to do and in many cases can shave a few seconds off of your startup time.
Unfortunately, if you do not have a multi-core processor this tip will not do you much good. If you are unsure of how many processor cores you have on your operating system, these steps will show you how many cores you actually have. Multiple processor cores allow tasks to be distributed to different sections, or "cores" of your processor so they can be processed simultaneously.
The processor is one of the most powerful aspects of a computer system, it is also the least likely to be bottlenecking your performance. For those who are struggling with memory or graphics card issues, this tip may help with startup, but will not give a significant boost to other performance areas.
Enable Multiple Processors on Startup Configuration
1. Click the 'Start Button'
2. Enter 'msconfig' into the run box.
3. Press 'Enter'
4. Select the 'Boot' Tab
5. Select 'Advanced Options'
6. Check the box titled "Number of processors"
7. Choose the maximum number of processors from the dropdown
8. Select 'Ok'
9. Select 'Apply'
10. That's it!
Next time you reboot your computer there should be an increase in your startup time. A great way to test how much of an improvement you have made is to time your startup with a stopwatch before you make this change and then time it again after making it. Stay tuned for more Faster 7 speedup tips.