Startup Delayer: Decrease system boot time by prioritizing startup processes

Decreasing the boot time is one of the most important steps in optimizing system performance. Startup Delayer is a free application that comes with a simple and elegant solution to provide faster booting as it allows the user to delay applications that are scheduled to run automatically at system startup. An application can be delayed in multiple ways such as setting it to start after a certain period of time or based on disk & CPU activity.

Installation & Requirements

The easy installation of Startup Delayer offers only a few basic configuration options such as choosing the install location and Start Menu folder. No adware is included in the setup and at first run, the program displays a welcome screen offering to open the help file. Two more pop-up windows allow the user to enable automatic updates and set up startup behavior. The last option is basically a slider between “Start Fast” and “Start Smooth”. When you move the slider to a certain level, below there is a short text describing the current choice and the idle values of CPU and disk that will be set for this selection.

Supported operating systems of Startup Delayer are all editions of Windows 2003 and 2008 Server, XP, Vista and 7.

Interface

Startup Delayer has a straightforward interface with 3 tabs. The first one displays all the Startup Applications and delay options. Adding a program to the “Delayed” section is done with a simple drag & drop or from the right-click menu. Startup Delayer provides an automatic delay, meaning it will automatically delay the selected apps based on their position in the “Delayed” list and conditioned by the CPU and disk idle values (which can be modified for each delayed application). The Manual delay option allows the user to define a specific amount of time after system startup when the application will be launched.

There are two other categories here: Normal Startup – apps from this list will start one at a time in the order they’re displayed as soon as the user-defined idle values for disk and CPU are reached; Disabled – this category shows the applications removed from automatic startup by the user. It’s a quick solution of adding a previously removed program back to the startup list.

Advanced delay options for each application can be accessed using the option “Application Properties” from the right-click menu or using the shortcut “Ctrl+P”. Startup Delayer’s Options allow the user to further customize the program but also launch processes with various scheduling settings.

The other two tabs of the interface, display Running Tasks and System Services provide a few basic options also found in the Windows Task Manager.

Pros

– Adware-free, easy install process.

– Intuitive, tabbed interface.

– Comprehensive yet straightforward application delay options.

– A simple way of adding/removing applications to the startup list.

Cons

– Features available in the premium version are present in the free version of Startup Delayer even though they can’t be used. This can be confusing since most of them appear to be available until attempting to use them.

Alternatives

– Chameleon Delayer Lite

– EF Startup Manager

– StartUp Organizer

– Quick Startup

Conclusion

Even though the Premium version of Startup Delayer has a few extra options which may be useful for some, like support for multiple Startup Profiles, backup & restore capabilities and scheduled launch, the features bundled in the free version are more than enough for most users.