Speeding up Windows Vista – Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)

This is part 3 in a series of 6 articles on how to speed up Windows Vista. In this part, we explain how to speed up the system start-up by starting with two processor cores.
To open the other parts of the article, please use the links at the end of this part.

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)
Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)
Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero
Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive
Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware


Nearly all new PCs are equipped with two or more processor cores (dual-core processor, multi-core processor). Windows Vista by default uses only one processor for start-up. You can accelerate the system start-up by activating the second processor core.


Note: This tip is feasible only with current PC models that possess powerful dual-core processors or multi-core processors.


You should always confirm eventual safety warnings by the User Account Control (UAC) by clicking Continue.






Starting Windows with two processor cores

  1. Click the Start button.






  2. Click All Programs.








  3. Click Accessories.





  4. Click Run.






  5. Type the following command in the command line: msconfig.






  6. Click OK.





  7. In the System Configuration window, click the Boot tab.






  8. Click the Advanced Options button.






  9. Check the Number of processors box.





  10. Click on the 1 below to open a choice box, and click then on 2. If the choice box does not open, you don’t possess a multi-core processor and won’t be able to use this tip.






  11. Click OK.






  12. Windows jumps back to the system configuration window. Click OK.






  13. You will be asked to reboot the PC. Save all open files, close all open applications, and then click Restart. The modifications will be immediately effective.






References

The other articles in the series on how to speed up Windows Vista are:
Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)


Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores) - this article

Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero

Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive

Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware

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