Note: This review addresses v1.1.1479.0 Beta of
Frustrated by how long it takes for Windows to fully load after
you’ve logged in? So is just about every other Windows user on the
planet. Now you can do something about it. The free Soluto,
currently in free beta, does a very nice job of helping you cut
that time–in ways that no other program does.
Soluto runs in the background and watches what programs and
services load when you log in. It then analyzes how long each of
them takes, and categorizes them according to whether they are
required for Windows, potentially removable from Windows boot, or
are instead a “No-brainer” that can easily be removed from boot. It
bases this information on what the company calls the Soluto PC
Genome, a database about many PC applications that the company has
It then shows you details about each application and service, by
category of whether they can be removed each of those programs, and
lets you determine whether you want to allow the program to remain
in the Windows boot, whether you want to Pause it (which means
you’ll have to start the program manually), or whether you want to
delay it, which means that Soluto will allow the program to load,
but not at boot time. In that way, you’ll boot more quickly, but
the program will still be available after several minutes.
I found that Soluto worked quite well. It cut about 30 seconds
from my normal boot time of around three minutes and fifteen
That’s not to say the program is perfect. It recommended
removing the excellent Outlook add-in Xobni from boot, even though
that would mean Xobni wouldn’t work when Outlook ran. And it was
not able to provide details about every program and service that
ran on boot. Also, keep in mind that if you uninstall Soluto, all
the changes the program made will be undone.
Still, those are relatively minor quibbles. If you’re looking to
cut your Windows boot time, Soluto is a solid bet.