Easy Fix for Mac Slow Start Up

Posted by Mayank on November 18, 2011 in Mac

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One of the reason why I love my Mac so much is because it boots up in no time. However, as it usually happens with any computer you’ve been using for long – it start to slow down. The same happened with my Mac and it became more evident after Mac OS X Lion install. Though it starts up much faster than a PC, still I started to miss my old Mac, which used to boot up in no time.

I have been reading the biography of Steve Jobs and I read the interesting conversation, which I would like to mention. Please skip the below paragraph if you’re already aware of the folklore.

One of the things that bothered Steve Jobs the most was the time that it took to boot
when the Mac was first powered on. It could take a couple of minutes, or even more, to
test memory, initialize the operating system, and load the Finder. One afternoon, Steve
came up with an original way to motivate us to make it faster.

Larry Kenyon was the engineer working on the disk driver and file system. Steve came
into his cubicle and started to exhort him. "The Macintosh boots too slowly. You've
got to make it faster!"

Larry started to explain about some of the places where he thought that he could
improve things, but Steve wasn't interested. He continued, "You know, I've been
thinking about it.
How many people are going to be using the Macintosh? A million? No, more than that.
In a few years, I bet five million people will be booting up their Macintoshes at
least once a day."

"Well, let's say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five
million users and thats 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that's
probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you've saved
a dozen lives. That's really worth it, don't you think?"

We were pretty motivated to make the software go as fast as we could anyway, so I'm not
sure if this pitch had much effect, but we thought it was pretty humorous, and we did
manage to shave more than ten seconds off the boot time over the next couple of months.

After my Mac slowed down after the Mac OS X Lion upgrade, I blamed it on the upgrade and continued to live with the “my slowed down Mac”. However, the above article pumped me into making an action. From this article, it was clean that Mac OS X Lion did not slow down my Mac – it has to be the installs I’ve done in my Mac. So, I decided to revisit my Login items and found a few there. Once I removed these, my Mac boot up time reduced drastically as it no longer had to boot up those applications as well.

If you faced similar situation and would like to resolve it, follow the below steps :

1. Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items

2. Delete all the applications which you really do not need them started every time your Mac restarts.

mac start up itemsIt can be done by highlighting the application name you want removed and then clicking the “-” button.

Let me know if the solution worked for you as well. Also, let me know if you have any other suggestions. Mac speed troubleshooting tips are also available in our previous post Speed Your Mac in 5 Easy Steps

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