When Microsoft released Windows 8, they promised a variety of tweaks to the way the operating system booted and they delivered. Windows 8 boots quicker than any previous version of the operating system, even after installing, uninstalling and tinkering with the system. The way this works is that certain loading information is pre-saved on the hard drive and utilized when booting up.

The only downfall to this method is that when you make hardware or startup changes, you have to reboot the system to get them to “save” to that area of the hard drive. The other downfall is that Windows delays the start of traditional startup folder programs which also helps increase the overall boot time of Windows 8.

We show you how to speed up the Windows 8 starting programs when booting your computer so that they don’t affect the overall boot speed in Windows 8.

How to speed up Windows 8 starting programs

From the Start screen, begin typing “regedit.”


This will bring up the regedit under apps.

Click “regedit.”


Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER – Software – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer – Serialize

Serialize may not exist in your registry. If so, you’ll need to create a key for it.


Right-click on “Explorer.”


Then, click “New” followed by “Key.”

Name that key Serialize.

Now, right-click on “Serialize.”

Click “New” followed by “DWORD (32-bit) Value.”


Name it:


Once created, you want to right-click on the entry and ensure that Value data is set at zero.


Now, restart Windows 8 and you should see a much quicker start for your startup programs.

Is it necessary to speed up your startup programs in Windows 8?

It really depends on what you need to be started up right away in Windows 8 and whether or not it truly has an impact on what you do. While you may notice a difference, it may not be enough to matter. Speeding up your startup programs in Windows 8 is easy to do and up to you if it’s really necessary.