Speed Up Your Boot Time with Soluto
By on July 1st, 2010

[Windows XP/Vista/7]

soluto-iconHas your PC been taking longer and longer to boot? A long boot time can cause quite a bit of frustration. I’ve seen people buy a new PC, just because the old one was taking so long to fire up. To those of us who are power users, that seems pretty silly. We know how to manage the start-up processes. That doesn’t help the millions of users who don’t know why their PC is so slow to start.

In the past, there have been many applications that have made start-up management easier. My favorite app for that is WinPatrol. However, we do have posts about the best start-up managers here.

Recently, I heard some buzz about a new start-up manager that works quite differently, and much better than the managers I’ve used. It’s called Soluto.

So what is Soluto? Let’s hear from the authors …

Having been PC users since a very young age, we were simply tired of being so frustrated from our PC usage experience.

Soluto Beta allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto Beta focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, and allows you to share your wisdom with others.

Most start-up managers let you tweak the Windows start-up settings. Once you’ve finished, the start-up managers aren’t normally running. Soluto takes a different approach. It uses a kernel level process that runs all the time. It gathers information during boot, and during your daily use. This is a unique approach and seems to be very effective. I found out how effective it was when I installed it the other day.

After boot, this is the first screen that I saw …

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Solutu looked for an internet connection, then it phoned home’ for advice about the applications it detected during start-up. Once that finished, I saw this screen …

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The green section is a group of apps that Soluto has identified as no brainersor applications that you can remove from the boot without much thinking. The orange tinted category is a group of apps that you may have to get advice on. You may or may not want to remove these from the boot. The apps in the gray section can’t be removed.

Hovering over the green section, you’ll see a dialog appear …

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The dialog will tell you how long an application takes to launch during boot, and it gives you the options to Pauseor Delay.

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Pausing the app, takes it completely out of the boot cycle. The application isn’t deleted, and you can always start it manually from your Start menus.

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Delaying the app puts it on hold during the boot process. Once the PC has booted and the system is idle for any time, the application is launched.

As you go through this process of marking apps to Pause or Delay, you’ll see your estimated new boot time appear at the top of Soluto’s main window. As you can see, I saved over a minute of boot time.

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There are some other important features in Soluto, but rather than bore you by writing more, I’ll show you a cool video:

If you can’t see the video, click here.


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Techie Buzz Verdict:

If your PC is slow to start, and you don’t know what to do about it, Soluto could save you plenty of frustration. The only thing I don’t like about Soluto, is the fact that it does run continuously as a system process. However, if this is weighed against the problems a slow PC can cause, I’d have to give Soluto a big thumb’s up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab De

    Soluto is also working on building a PC Genome, which they hope will enable them to cure common PC problems (frustrations) caused due to driver issues, general incompatibilities etc.

  • http://www.mezzi.com/ Aluminum Laptop Cases

    Great recommendation. I like the option of delaying a process. Some people may still need certain applications loaded, but not necessarily the moment their pc starts.

  • http://dish-drainer.com Janet

    sounds very promising, might give it a try

  • http://saygeek.blogspot.com Darrin Jenkins

    Clif that is a great find.

  • Tiffany Cartier

    If Clif likes and recommends it, that’s good enough for me! I’m going to install it right now.

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Tiffany.

  • Martha H.

    Hello Clif, I appreciate you trying to give us idea on how to speedup the booting process, but based from your post as well as another similar one I just read today, I got a question related to its effectivenesss. Soluto allows you to check on start up applications right, but how does that help in increasing boot up time? I understand that the more applications during start up, the more time it takes…. but does that mean we have to uninstall them just to speed up the booting process? I don’t think that’s a practical thing to do because in the first place, we didn’t install applications if we won’t use them or worse just dump them? Please let me know if I’m misunderstanding the concept.

    Also, I learned of another way to speed up boot process without having to use a software nor delete processes. By changing the value of boot “timeout” from 30 to 0 which is accessible by running msconfig as explained in this article, http://www.speedypc.org/how-to-speed-up-windows-boot-time.html and I think I prefer doing that than just removing programs I seldomly use.

  • http://dishdrainers.org Mark

    My PC has been lagging on start-up lately; will definitely be giving some of these a try. I get particularly irritated waiting for everything to load up, initially. Hopefully this will lower my blood pressure :)

 
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