Inspired by topics on how antivirus software affects Cubase performance, I decided to try disabling Windows Defender in Windows 10. As a result Cubase’s (x64) the awfully long start up time - 80 seconds, was reduced to just 40 seconds! That’s a great improvement. I wonder whether there are ways of reducing start up time even more - though I am already quite pleased.
Feel free to post other tips on speeding up the start up, If you have any!
What happens to your windows updates now? or have you disabled these as well?
I’ve had very bad experiences when disabling defender, I lost a certificate which lead to not installing windows updates anymore (which was needed to correct some things), further research revealed that re-enabling defender wasn’t possible anymore (certificate error). This all didn’t happen all in one moment but gradually in 2 weeks, all errors hinted the missing or invalid certificate.
After re-installing it luckily repaired my missing chord symbols in Cubase which seems to disappeared with some update just before I disabled defender.
I have to point out that I permanently disabled Defender with group policies, the other disable option in the control panels or settings will disable defender temporarily, after a while (or reboot) defender is active again.
I have nothing running as far as antivirus or protection goes. When I need the internet for updates or whatever…I enable the hardware in the bios, connect the computer and then when done I disconnect it and disable the hardware. “Autoplay” is something to watch out for if you don’t run antivirus stuff. I have it disabled for everything. My Steinberg start up time is 11 seconds after a boot…8 seconds the next time. 80 seconds is crazy long. Sounds like you have crippled your computer with all the protection stuff. Easy to do.
You don’t have to disable defender or realtime scanning completely. I still use defender on my win10 setup, on mty old Q6600 computer, and it works fine.
You just have to exclude the Cubase program folder & by that Cubase.exe in Defender, so that Defender won’t hammer Cubase’ startup scanning process in realtime. Then you won’t have any long startup times.
For me fine I do not use the internet in my studio. I have a dual boot Windows 10 system and do internet stuff on the other drive. However I did remove that .exe exclusion and Cubase still opens just as fast.
My project loading time was getting WAY out of hand! Seemed like it was progressively getting longer and longer for some…sometimes 3 to 4 mins or more for fairly simple projects! I have since disabled WD and things are back to normal! Thanks for this!!!
My system is Win 7 so I am working with Microsoft Security Essentials…
I was worried that listing “.exe” as a file type would exclude all “.exe” files so I just entered the Cubase file and process. Definitely cut startup time from 45 sec to 15 secs. For me, it looks like most of the time savings are related to when Cubase is scanning the VST 2.X’s. Now that goes by in a second or two. Nice!
I now wonder if excluding some other stuff related to VSTs and drivers would do even more?
After a few more try this and get good results maybe this idea should be posted as an informational topic at top of the forum.