One of the key reasons why Windows runs slower than it used to is because of the number of installed programs on your computer. Many of these – for reasons legitimate or otherwise – feel the need to stake their claim on system resources the moment Windows loads, adding themselves to the startup routine as a result. Not only does this lengthen the startup sequence, but it saps your computer’s available strength too.
Startup managers aren’t exactly gold dust, but Startup Delayer – as the name suggests – has one trick up its sleeve that marks it out from the bulk of the competition. Rather than simply disable programs from startup, it allows you to delay their start, so less critical applications that still require an automatic start can be configured to load a set time after Windows has finished booting. This allows the initial boot process to finish that little bit quicker, freeing up your computer for the tasks it was bought for.
Although the program was a pioneer for allowing the end user to delay as well as disable startup entries, early versions were functional rather than spectacular. Version 3.0 changes all of that with a radical overhaul of both the program itself and its user interface. It's now much easier to either disable or delay applications simply through drag and drop. When you select an application for delay, it’ll launch the moment it notices disk drive activity drop after the initial boot sequence ends, but you can change this to CPU activity or set a manual time (say five minutes after boot) if you prefer. Right-click an entry for more options, including the ability to terminate it now.
There are also two new sections: Running Tasks (a customised version of Task Manager, with the ability to select a task and add it to the startup routine), and a Services Manager, which allows you to view plus manually stop, start and restart Services.
Note, if you wish to make changes to any other user – including “Common”, which applies to all users – make sure you run the configuration tool as an administrator by right-clicking its shortcut and choosing the appropriate option.
Version 3.0 also splits itself into two: the freeware Standard version, plus a more fully featured Premium version for US$20, which includes such features as the ability to backup and restore startup settings before you tweak them.
What's new in Startup Delayer 3.0 build 359
1.Added Description column to Startup Applications which maps to the Executable File Description for better identification
2.Added codesigning to Startup Delayer executables as well as the Setup executable
3.Added several retries before asking for user assistance when attempting to write log files out to disk
4.When adding new Applications, modified to use the description instead of the Product name
5.Updated Languages: Hungarian, Dutch, Italian
6.Fixed idleness being monitored while apps with arbitrary time values were launched. It's now ignored.
7.Fixed the Panel that displays Startup Errors from covering the columns when first started
8.Modified list refresh to remember selection
9.Fixed application properties not getting updated if changed from Normal to Disabled in the properties window