How to Disable the Startup Delay in Windows 10

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By default, Windows 10 has a 10-second delay during boot before all your apps and programs become accessible. This is called the “Startup Delay,” and it helps make sure everything works as it should when you start up your PC. If, however, you have a powerful PC, or not many startup programs in Windows 10, then you can try to reduce or even disable the startup delay altogether to help your PC start up faster.

Do this using the registry editor, but before you start, you should make sure you’ve backed up your Windows registry in case you edit the wrong thing along the way. (This won’t happen if you follow the instructions!)

1. Open the registry editor by hitting the Win key then typing regedit.

In the registry editor, go to:


2. Right-click on “Explorer” and then select “Key” from the “New” option. Once the new key is created, rename it “Serialize.”


3. If the “Serialize” key is already created under the “Explorer” key, then there is no need to go through the above process.


4. After that, right-click on “Serialize” and select “DWORD Value” from the “New” option. The DWORD Value key will be created in the panel on the right.


5. Rename this key to “StartupDelayInMSec” and make sure its value is set to “0”. You should now notice a boost to your Windows 10 startup time.


Now that you know how to disable the startup delay in Windows via the registry, we have a whole bunch more registry hacks for you to try. For more under-the-hood fun in Windows, see how to install unsigned drivers in Windows 10.

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Robert Zak
Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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