Slow booting has been observed as a very common issue, and the Intel Delayed Launcher is regarded as one such system software that plays a major role in that.
Although this slowing down is a very natural process to get all the programs and applications streamlined for the startup, the Delayed Launcher is despised by many users for being the bigger culprit.
This article is dedicated to exploring all the issues and how to deal with them. Let’s begin.
What Does the Intel Delayed Launcher Refer to?
This particular Delayed Launcher is in-built software of the PC system that aims to prevent malware or harmful viruses from entering the system while it is booting up.
You can find the file of this software in the default location of the C: drive in the folder My Computer, similar to all such OS-related applications being stored here. It is stored there with the name “iastoriconlaunch.exe.”
The Intel Corporation invented another very innovative technology known as the Intel Rapid Storage Technology, which aims to boost the performance level of any computer.
An excellent feature of this technology is that it automatically stores all the important applications and related files in the best-performing SSD settings. This then allows the user to utilize the rest of the Hard disk space according to his wish.
Specifically speaking, the launcher is a component of this Intel Rapid Storage Technology package. The main role played by it is system recovery. It is included in every PC for optimizing its performance and decreasing the power consumption by the system’s drivers.
All these functions also help the system to give a faster performance and make the application process faster and smoother.
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How Does the Delayed Launcher Function?
We have already seen how important the software is for any PC. Let’s understand the functioning of the launcher better, which will make us analyze better the issues associated.
Every time the user launches Windows, the iastoriconlaunch.exe uses the settings of the Local run registry to automatically execute the delay of the startup of Windows OS by around 30 – 60 seconds.
It does so to prevent any malware from getting access to the system files. The launcher does this by activating the Intel Rapid Recovery Technology, which is another component of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The RRT restores the hard disk out of the recovery partition.
After the time-lapse, the launcher is the primary process that gets activated and then appears as the Intel Rapid Storage Technology icon. However, the original purpose of all this was to delay the startup of Windows, which is done.
What is the Problem with the Delayed Launcher?
There has been an increasing number of reports being submitted by many users, and the common issue is the high time being taken up by the system while booting up. Now there can be any reason for this.
When any system boots up, the process involves loading up a large number of applications and files simultaneously. Out of all these processes, the one that has been especially concerning the users is the Intel launcher that we are talking about.
As the users observed, this particular software has been taking more than enough time to boot up the PC.
Well, let us begin with solving all the queries running in your head. The launcher does slow down the boot-up process of the PC, but it doesn’t indicate the possibility of it being any malware or virus.
If you are stuck between the decisions of disabling it or removing it altogether, then read further.
How to Deal with the Delayed Launcher – Disable It or Not?
First of all, it is your personal decision whether to do it or not. We would suggest that it’s not a very good idea to delete the launcher altogether.
It is undeniable that it makes the booting process of the PC slow for some time, but you can still consider letting it be for good. It is important to ignore the disadvantage since it keeps the viruses away from the system by ensuring a safe boot-up.
Let’s then quickly see the pros and cons of having the launcher on the system.
- It basically allows a recovery period for the system when enabled. It lets you login first so that you get access to the system first before any virus.
- Be a great utility for those users operating small data storage having several drivers or small servers.
- It impacts the boot time.
- It is deemed by some as not being good for PC health.
- Hinder the CPU cycle by enlarging the latency time more than required.
- It cannot be a real help if you have already secured the PC nicely enough.
How much delay does it cause? 30-40 seconds approx. We think it’s not a big deal to wait this much time for something as important as malware protection. At the same time, we think that it is not safe either to disable the launcher.
How Can One Disable the Intel Delayed Launcher?
If you have made up your mind completely and want to remove the Delayed Launcher, then the process of disabling the software entirely is straightforward. You need to be careful while following the steps.
The launch of Windows 10 changed a lot of things in the world of Windows OS. This most recent Windows version is very different from the previous ones, so the method of doing the above task will also be different for Windows 7 and 8/10.
Let’s see the two methods:
Fix 1: Disabling the Launcher in Windows 7
We will begin with the older version of Windows. The steps are easy, and you will only have to repeat them to enable the launcher on the system whenever you want to in the future.
However, before getting started with this, you must check for any malware existing in the system. You may install any upgraded antivirus software on the PC to scan any threat and get rid of it too. If you already have the software installed, then directly proceed to the fix:
1. Press the keys Windows + R at the same instance on the keyboard. This will lead to the popping-up of the Run dialogue tab.
2. You need to enter the command ‘msconfig’ into the box. After that, hit the Enter button.
3. The step above will lead to the opening up of the System Configuration Window over the screen.
4. In here, click over the tab Startup.
5. A list will open up then. Out of the options present here, find the option of Delayed Launcher. Tick off the box against it.
6. Now, hit the button Apply to save all the above changes you made. Click the option, OK.
7. Lastly, restart the PC to make all the changes functional finally.
You will observe that the system starts faster this time, and the issue is resolved.
Fix 2: Disabling the Launcher in Windows 8 and 10
Windows 8 and 10 have entirely different methods for the above task. Let us tell you the steps that you will need to follow to carry it out:
1. Press the keys Shift + Ctrl + Esc at the same instance on the keyboard. This will lead to the opening up of the Task Manager.
2. At the bottom of the windowpane, you will see the More details option. Hover the cursor over it and then click it. This will expand the window of the Task Manager.
3. Here, look for the tab Startup. Click over it upon finding it.
4. A list will emerge further, and you have to find the option of Delayed Launcher in it.
5. Now, hit click over it to highlight it.
6. Look over the right side of the windowpane. You will then find the button Disable. Click it.
7. Lastly, restart the PC to make all the changes functional finally.
You will observe that the system loads faster this time, and the issue stands resolved thereby.
Is There a Way to Completely Uninstall the Intel Delayed Launcher?
Yes, there is. There is a way out if you want to get rid of the launcher once and for all. You can try the same method for removing the Rapid Storage Technology also.
The steps for this are very easy, and let us tell you what they are:
- Before beginning this process, you must change the system drive’s settings. Go to the BIOS Settings and change the drive to SATA from the previous RST RAID.
- Now, open the folder of Disk Drivers by searching for it.
- Once into the Disk Drivers window, search for the option of RST drivers.
- Now start uninstalling all the drivers of RST.
- Alternatively, you can carry out this method through the programs and features window.
Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
Q: Can I disable the Intel Delayed Launcher? A: Absolutely! You can disable it, but be sure to back up your files before making any changes.
Q: Is Intel Delayed Launcher a virus? A: Not at all. It’s a legitimate part of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
Q: How can I update the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver? A: You can download the latest driver from the Intel website and install it.
Q: Can the Intel Delayed Launcher slow down my bootup speed? A: Yes, it can. If not balanced correctly, it can slow down your system bootup.
Q: What is the Intel Rapid Storage Technology? A: It’s a technology developed by Intel to speed up system bootup by controlling the startup of certain programs.
Q: What can I do if my system bootup is still slow after trying these solutions? A: In such a case, it’s recommended to consult a professional or reach out to Intel customer support.
Just above, we discussed the three decisions you can take regarding the Intel Delayed Launcher. Uninstalling would be a major risk, and we would recommend totally ignoring it unless you are more than confident about it.
Disabling gives you a little advantage in this case, as you can reverse the process anytime.
We will suggest you stay put and don’t go about realizing either of the options. The Delayed Launcher was inserted into the system with a specific aim and precise understanding. It doesn’t need to be changed in any manner.
We suggest you decide wisely.