SSD Taking Long Time to Boot in Windows 10

Jean updated on Feb 22, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Part One. Common troubleshooting fixes [All too easy to start]
Part Two. Advanced troubleshooting fixes [Higher-leveled but still operable]

Speaking of letting your Windows 10 computer boot with lightning speed, you can consider installing Windows 10 on an SSD. For a long time, SSD drives solidly trounce HDDs in boot performance. Usually, the normal booting time of an SSD is 20 seconds around, while HDD 45 seconds. But it's not always an SSD that wins. Some people say that even they set up SSD as the boot drive, it's still taking ages to boot Windows 10, like 30 seconds to 2 minutes long!

You got an SSD slow boot problem, and it's time to improve. We keep trying to clarify each troubleshooting for its corresponding scenario by dividing into two parts, so take your time to make full use of all the feasible suggestions.

Common Fixes for Slow Boot Time in Windows 10 on SSD

This is a collection of the most apparent reasons that prevent Windows 10 from booting fast on SSD and how to easily clear the obstacles.

Fix 1. Manage Your SSD by 4k Alignment and Disk Cleanup

It's for the scenario that you set up a new SSD boot drive on Windows 10, by a fresh install or HDD to SSD clone. Perhaps the SSD performance is not fully activated, and you need EaseUS free partition manager to optimize it and speed it up.

Download EaseUS Partition Manager Free on your Windows 10 computer, start with the two ways that help reach its best working speed as follows.

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One. Align SSD with EaseUS "4k alignment" feature

Note: By aligning the SSD partitions correctly, the SSD can get its optimal performance.


Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer.

open EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Select the SSD disk that you want to align, right-click it and choose "4K Alignment".

SSD 4K alignment

Step 3: Go to find task by clicking the "Execute 1 Operation" button at the top-left corner and click "Apply".  Then, the SSD drive partitions are all 4K aligned with all sectors on it.

SSD 4K alignment

Two. Clean up Unnecessary Large Data Files/Junk Files on SSD

Note: The ideal way to make use of an SSD is not to put many large personal data files or install programs on it except for the critical system files because the massive data will affect its read/write speed. If you did in the wrong way, try to clear some useless items and lose some weight on the drive.


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Select "Tools" and click "System Optimization".

choose system optimization

Step 2: Click "Junk File Cleanup". Then you can click "Analyze" to let EaseUS Partition Master find junk files on your PC.

choose junk file cleanup

Step 3: You can check and choose junk files and click Clean up. All of the selected junk files will be cleaned and deleted from your PC. Click "Yes" to clean up junk files.

Clean up junk files
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Fix 2. Disable Antivirus Software from Running Automatically at Startup

Some antivirus software like Avast, AVG, Kaspersky are the common cause for slow boot time. Many users reported that the boot time largely resumed after they disabled the software from running automatically at startup. You could also test it out.

Fix 3. Keep Your Windows 10 up to Date

Does the SSD boot time become slow right after you installed a new Windows update? Sometimes the issue can occur after a specific update. To fix the issue, you must restore Windows 10 to an earlier version from a backup via the specific Windows 10 recovery tool.

Help link: what to do if restoring your previous version of Windows 10 stuck?

Do You Need Specialized Services for System Boot Issues?
EaseUS also provides 1-on-1 remote assistance to fix the boot issue. If the solution above does not work for you, please contact our professionals via Email or LiveChat in this page. To ensure our professional assistance work, you are suggested to connect the unbootable system drive to a healthy computer when getting connected with us.

Advanced Solutions to Slow Boot Time in Windows 10 on SSD

Fix 1. Stop Bloatware/Services from Loading at Startup

Besides the antivirus software that's suspicious in slowing down your computer startup speed, keep alert to especially the newly installed programs. They're very likely draining your computer memory and resources behind the screen and causing 100% disk usage. That would prolong the boot time on SSD. Disable the auto running settings by doing like this.

Step 1. Press and hold "Ctrl + Shift + Del" keys simultaneously to invoke Task Manager.

Step 2. Then select the "Startup" tab and find out the unnecessary process with high startup impact and then hit the "Disable" button.

stop programs running at startup to fix windows 10 SSD slow boot

Step 3. After that, switch to the "Services" tab and select the "Hide all Microsoft services", then untick all unnecessary services you want to disable and click on "Stop".

hide all microsoft services to fix windows 10 SSD slow boot

Fix 5. Increase the virtual memory

Pay much attention. Your computer is low on memory issue may cause Windows 10 taking a long time to boot it up on SSD. Adjusting your virtual memory settings may work.

Step 1. Press Windows Key + R and type sysdm.cpl in the Run dialog box and click "OK" to open System Properties.

Step 2. Click "Advanced system settings".

click advanced system settings

Step 3. Then click "Settings" under Advanced pane on System Properties.

click settings in the advaced tab

Step 4. Go on to click "Change" under Advanced pane.

click change under advanced

Step 5. Uncheck "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives".
Tick on "Custom Size".
Then set Initial size and Maximum size by yourself.
NOTE: The sizes you set should be more over than the Recommended size.
Click "Set" and "OK".

change the maximum size of virtual memory

You are highly suggested to click more solutions on this page: How to fix Windows 10 slow boot after update. Many more helpful suggestions are there, waiting for you to explore. Hope that you've rescued your SSD from booting slowly in Windows 10 with success.


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