Chrome, a web browser developed by Google, has to be one of the best web browsers available right now. There are so many fast and good web browsers out there like Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari etc. but Google Chrome at one thing or the other tops them all. The reason for this would be its speed, user interface, and reliability. However, it can sometimes bring about some issues.
The most common issue that users have been encountering with Google Chrome on Windows 10 would be the slow load up. Users have reported that sometimes their browser takes up to 10-15 minutes to load which is just too much and unacceptable. Nonetheless, the issue can be easily resolved by following a couple of simple solutions.
What causes the Slow Load up of Google Chrome on Windows 10?
There can be a number of factors due to which your browser is taking quite some time to load up which include:
- Hardware Acceleration. If you have Hardware Acceleration enabled in the Settings menu, it can be causing the problem as per user reports.
- Google Chrome Default Folder. Sometimes a folder named Default in the installation directory of Google Chrome can be causing the issue.
- Third-party extensions. If you have installed some third-party extensions on your browser, they can also deliver to slowing down the load up process of the browser.
You can use the following solutions to get your Google Chrome back to normal.
Solution 1: Disable Extensions
First and foremost, you’ll have to try disabling the installed extensions on your browser before running it. The extensions can sometimes take a while to load due to which the startup process is being slowed. Hence, to disable your extensions, do the following:
- Navigate to your Google Chrome installation directory which generally is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\
- Locate ‘chrome.exe’, right-click and select Properties.
- Navigate to the Shortcut tab.
- In the Target box, type in the following:
- It should look something like this:
- Run the browser.
Solution 2: Turn off Hardware Acceleration
Another possible reason for the slow load up is Hardware Acceleration. This is used to perform certain hardware operations more efficiently than it is possible, which, at times, can lead to such issues. Therefore, you’ll have to turn it off by doing the following:
- Open up your Google Chrome browser.
- Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome (three dots) icon on the top-right corner and then select Settings.
- Scroll down and click ‘Show advanced settings’.
- Go to the System section and locate Hardware Acceleration.
- Turn it off.
- Close your browser and then try starting it again.
Solution 3: Renaming the Default Folder
The Default folder located in the Google Chrome installation directory is used to store your user profile that includes your settings, extensions etc. The slow startup can be caused due to the contents of this folder in which case you’ll have to rename it so that a new one is created. However, before performing this step if you have Bookmarks or anything saved on your browser then you should export the bookmarks so they can be imported later or sync your Chrome with your Gmail Account because this step will reset Chrome and delete all the data it contains.
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Paste in the following path in the address bar.
- Locate the Default folder and rename it to Backup default.
- Run your browser.
Solution 4: Resetting Network Adapter
Some users have reported that the slow startup was due to their network adapter settings. The issue was resolved once the settings were reset. Here’s how to reset your network adapter:
- First off, open an elevated command prompt by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.
- Type in the following command:
netsh winsock reset
- Restart your system.
- Run the browser.
Solution 5: Reinstalling Google Chrome
Finally, if none of the above-mentioned solutions bode well for you, you are going to have to reinstall your Google Chrome. The issue can also be due to corrupted Chrome files which will be resolved once you remove Chrome and then install it afterward. Make sure the installation process isn’t interfered with so that the browser can install safely.
Solution 6: Logging into Google
In some cases, the issue was being caused because the Google Account wasn’t logged in. Therefore, if you have a Google Account you can try to log in to fix the issue. For that:
- Open Chrome and launch a new tab.
- Click on this link to add a new account.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to log in with your account.
- Restart Chrome and check to see if the issue persists.