RapidStart

RapidStart

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 9 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.160
  • Total Downloads:
    17,501
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (Save-disabled); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Platform:
    Windows

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Editors' Review

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RapidStart is a convenient system utility that analyzes and helps you optimize your Windows startup. By recommending which startup items to remove or delay, the program could help you achieve significantly shorter boot times.

RapidStart's main dashboard has three components: Recommendations, Apply Changes, and Startup History.

The first component, Recommendations, shows you all of the removable and nonremovable items that run on startup, arranged from High to Low, according to their impact on your startup time. Tapping on any item gives you a quick description and a recommended action. For some items, there's also a small chart showing how other RapidStart users tend to deal with the item, which is a helpful data point when considering unfamiliar startup items.

For each item, you can choose to either Remove or Delay from startup. If you'd rather not go through every startup item (some computers can have upwards of 100), you can take the easy route, and simply Select All of RapidStart's recommendations. We found this option the most convenient, yet still safe since every action is easily reversible.

The second component of the Dashboard lets you Review and Apply all changes. Here you can scroll through all of the items on deck for removal or delay. Each has a small Undo button next to it, in case you find yourself second-guessing your actions. Once you've finalized your selections, hit Apply Changes, and RapidStart does the rest. You can always come back to this section to Undo any actions you've taken in the past.

Finally, RapidStart includes a useful Startup History chart, which gives you a record of all your recent startup times. It gives you dates and time-stamps, as well as the number of startup items that ran in each instance. With this, you can easily keep track of how your actions have affected your system. The chart also shows recent program installs that have may affected your startup time, providing yet another data point to consider.

In our experience, RapidStart performed more or less as advertised. First, it provided an incredibly simple interface for removing and delaying startup items that would have otherwise been difficult to access. Second, it actually did yield noticeably shorter start times (consistently 5-12 seconds shorter), though we were hoping for a more dramatic impact. Another area we felt the program could have improved was descriptions. RapidStart could've done a better job of educating us on startup items, which would've made us more confident in the program's recommended actions.

Overall, we think RapidStart is a supersimple tool that's certainly convenient to have. It was indeed easy to install, easy to use, and it provided ample recommendations. Plus, we loved the Startup History chart. While we did find ourselves wishing for more dramatic results, the program did, in fact, shave seconds off of our startup time, which can only be a good thing.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Many Free Alternates are Available. Waste of Money!"

December 16, 2011  |  By DevilBytes

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

Any moderate Tech Savvy person can figure out the start up items which might be slowing it down by looking through the MSCONFIG command in the Run box. It shows you the same and that's it for free! No Big Deal!

Cons

Not really worth the price to pay. Several other light programs might do the job much better such as Autoruns or CCleaner or best yet disabling through the built in MSCONFIG. If your hands are really itching to buy this product, the choice is yours, Mate! Anyone interested in diving more into the settings can check BlackVipers popular and well known website for more details about default items appearing in Services.msc.

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2 stars

"Don't pay, you can do this for free"

September 21, 2011  |  By commonasmuck

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

Say's it's free, it's not.
You do not find out until you try to save selected items, then says you have to buy.

Cons

None that I can find

Summary

A waste if time

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1 stars

"Why use it?"

September 20, 2011  |  By vsssssoul

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

None, this is a ripoff

Cons

You have to pay for what you can do for free. And support.com sucks!

Summary

Use msconfig and remove your startup items for free!

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1 stars

"rip-off; have to pay to use, says it's free!!"

September 20, 2011  |  By clydethecat

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

none that i can see

Cons

review says it's free to try but after going thru the setup and selections, it says you have to buy to use...really stupid

Summary

ferget about it

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5 stars

"RapidStart sped up my startup time by 2+ minutes"

September 19, 2011  |  By JamesMorehead

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

Two key items I like about RapidStart - recommendations about what to turn off / leave on, and the real-time detection of items that impact startup (after installing a new program). Reduced my startup time noticeably - by a couple of minutes.

Cons

Descriptions of startup items can be improved.

Summary

If your startup time takes more than a couple of minutes, or you've had a computer for a couple of years (and therefore installed software and apps) you are likely going to see a noticable improvement in startup time. A colleague at work noted a 3+ minute improvement in startup time after installing RapidStart.

Updated on Sep 21, 2011

I meant to note that I do work for Support.com. I have seen my startup time drop by a couple of minutes.

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1 stars

"I agree - This Product is USELESS!"

September 19, 2011  |  By UpperWestsider

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

Only Pros would be $$ going to the vendor.

Cons

I used to get excited about these so called "speed up your startup" programs. After trying several, I realized THEY DO NOT WORK.

Summary

Avoid this program and try Soluto. It allows users to remove/delay programs in the startup. It's also FREE.

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2 stars

"No need to pay when there are other options"

September 19, 2011  |  By Smoaky

 |  Version: RapidStart 2.1.159

Pros

None that I know of.

Cons

Have to pay to enable save option.

Summary

Ccleaner is free and you can disable or delete any start-up process.
Saluto will also do this for free.
Just don't feel that you need to pay for a service when you have other free options.

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5 stars

"Sped up my computer without needing a tech"

July 18, 2011  |  By JamesMorehead

 |  Version: RapidStart 1.1.28.0

Pros

Identified startup items that were slowing down my computer and when RapidStart took those items out of my startup my computer starts up over a minute faster. Liked that the process was easy for a non-technical person.

Cons

A larger number of recommendations (likely will grow since this is a new product).

Summary

Makes working with startup items easier for the non-tech user. Sped up my computer - cut over a minute off my startup time.

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1 stars

"**Useless**"

June 08, 2011  |  By chrisausten

 |  Version: RapidStart 1.0

Pros

***None***

Cons

Doesn`t do anything you can`t do in task manager.

Summary

This thing "scans" your computer and displays a list of processes that can be removed from startup, or delayed during startup -- But, you can remove these yourself without paying $29.95 -- and as for delaying something, the "delay" button is non-functional on 99% of all processes - what good is that? And on the 3 or 4 things you can delay, you cannot set the amount of delay time - and you cannot set the order that things load at startup......so, like I said, this thing is useless.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.160
  • Simplified, intuitive user interface
  • Real-time notifications when a new startup item is added to computer's startup
  • Community usage based recommendations for startup items
  • Ability to track history of software installs and uninstalls via startup history
General
Publisher Support.com
Publisher web site http://www.support.com
Release Date September 10, 2014
Date Added September 10, 2014
Version 2.1.160
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.87MB
File Name rapidstart20.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,501
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Save-disabled
Price $29.95

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