Startup Delayer is a program for Windows I found to solve a problem. I needed an easy way to get items in my media center to startup in a certain order and after a previous process had finished. Startup Delayer accomplished this, and is probably a little overkill for that purpose, but I quickly saw the potential in what it can do for any Windows based PC. Here, let them tell you about it themselves:
“Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer.
By delaying the applications during start up, your computer becomes usable a lot faster. Startup Delayer will then start launching your delayed applications when your computer is more idle.”
Using my media center as an example, in screenshot above you can see the Startup Applications tab. The Startup Item section has the two items I specifically needed to work with my media center: an automatic server mount script and then launching the media center (Kodi). Since Kodi relies on a file share to be present, it was trivial in this section to launch those items in a particular order, waiting for the first item to complete before going to the next item.
The items under Normal Startup will each open as they normally would, however Startup Delayer introduces restriction that each cannot be launched until 30% of the processor is idle and disk throughput has 30% free. Both of these are configurable.
What does this mean in the “real world”? We’ve all seen our computers have a few seconds to minutes before they are actually usable when you’re at your desktop. This is because all of these startup items are loading in the background and consuming all resources. Leaving idle times means you can start clicking and moving around without delay. My regular PC at home is an older quad-core machine with a decent amount of RAM and upgraded with a SSD, probably not too dissimilar than many home computers. Without Startup Delayer I’d have a usable desktop in about 30 seconds. With it, I can start using it right away.
The other two tabs in the screenshot are Running Tasks which isn’t much different that Task Manager – not much to see there, and System Services which is akin to the Services area in Windows. It is handy to have them all in one place, I suppose.
The basic Startup Delayer, which I’m using, is free and the premium version with more features does cost $20.