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How to enable multi-core processor at startup for faster booting


If your system has dual core or multi-core processor, you can utilize it  for a faster booting in a few simple steps.

By default windows (Windows7, Vista and XP)  is configured to start with single processor and then enable muti-core processing when complete booted up in the windows environment.

Follow the simple steps below to turn on multi-core processor at startup first I will cover the steps for XP and then the steps for Windows7/Vista

For Windows XP

1) Left click Start

2) Left click Run

3)In the run box type in msconfig

4)You should now be looking at the System Configuration Utility Window

5)Select the Boot.ini tab

6)On the bottom of the Boot.ini tab is a button called advanced options

7)Left click on the Advanced Options

8)Check the box against /NUMPROC= and select 2 (or other) from the list. Click OK to save the settings.

9)You will now have to reboot to see the changes.

Boot.ini Screen showing the /NUMPROC

For Windows7/Vista

1) Left click windows icon in the bottom right hand corner

2)In the search bar enter msconfig and tap enter

3)You may have to accept the UAC windows that appears

4)You should now be looking at the System Configuration Window

system configuration window for windows 7 / vista

5)From the system configuration window select ‘Boot’ tab

6)Then ‘Advanced Options

Advanced options showing the number of processors

7)check the box against ‘Number of Processor’ and select 2 (or other) from the dropdown list

8)Left Click OK  to Complete.

9)You will now need to reboot the PC to see the changes.

(You should now see the boot up time is lot faster than it was before but speed is based on the processor type/model in your PC)

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