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Speed up Windows boot time

Every time I install windows on my computer I notice it’s booting up and starting up really fast, might be done in less than a minute actually.

Later, about a month or 2 (Or sometimes less) you have to notice the startup time is really increasing. When I was younger I used to reformat my hard-disk and re-install Windows. See, I was a geek with a lot of time in hand. Until recently I found and started using a software called Soluto.

Unlike many software that claim to speed up your boot time by deleting un-needed registry keys or deleting temporary and useless files. Soluto identifies your software and tracks the ones that run during windows boot and startup and calculates the time each process needs to finish it’s startup.

After it processes your software for the first time (after the first boot) using their ‘PC Genome’ database. They identify which processes shouldn’t be in the boot, and the ones that you might not need during windows startup, and the last type… stuff you should keep in the boot.

What you do after that is your own choice. Just open the Soluto window:-

 

Click on the “Chop Boot” button, or just point to it. They have some really nice animations. And you’ll get a window that looks like:-

You can see the 3 groups of software (another one will pop out later) and in my case the green group (The ones you really won’t be missing) is all removed.

And by removed you don’t have to uninstall, Soluto gives you the option to either ‘pause’ a process (meaning it won’t run in windows boot) or you can ‘delay’ a process (meaning it’ll run a minute or two after the boot is done).

Soluto is smart and has a great database so it’ll tell you many things you might want to know about a process before you make your decision. It’ll also tell you exactly how many seconds it’s taking this process to startup.

The only thing I hate about Soluto is having to uninstall (and loose my settings) and resintall on every update they have. Which kinda sucks.

They have many other features that either don’t work or not that useful (Like choosing extensions to disable to speedup your browser startup, or Crash handling that is not working so far).

But if you want my opinion, you really should have this thing installed on your computer.

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Installing PHP on Windows 7

PHP is one of the most common web languages out there, Windows is the most used operating system in the world… So I’ll take a wild guess and say many PHP developers use Windows, thus have to install PHP on windows to do their work or test their websites before releasing them online.

Many developers use bundles like XAMPP Or WAMP to install an Apache server, MySql server and PHP. I personally use Microsoft’s ASP.Net for web development most of the time but sometimes I do things on PHP – which is still an awesome scripting language – so I tried to cut back on the resource consumption and get PHP to work on Windows IIS Server.

That was a bit difficult on Windows XP, there were too many things you had to do to get it working. But for Windows 7… Getting PHP to work on IIS will take a couple of minutes if you had a good internet connection. So getting to those steps:

  1. Download and install Microsoft Web Platform Installer.
  2. Start the web platform installer.
  3. While waiting for it to start click on the “Start” button and type “Turn windows features on or off” without the quotes of course.
  4. After the window opens go to the “Internet Information Services ==> World Wide Web Services ==> Application Development Features” And make sure CGI is checked, then click the OK button.
  5. Go back to the Web Platform Installer, and type PHP in the search box and hit the enter button.
  6. When the search results show up, click the “Add” button next to “PHP Manager for IIS”, and press the Install button.
  7. Follow the simple dialogs until you’re done, and voilà, you have PHP running on IIS now.

Let me know how it works out for you