What Is Intel Delayed Launcher and Should I Disable It?

Boot time is a common complaint among PC users. Or, to be more specific, how slow it is. You’ve probably faced it too – you boot your PC, and it takes forever to get all the programs and apps in order. Now, the obvious solution is for you to disable some of these startup apps. One of those happens to be the Intel Delayed Launcher. If you would like to learn more about what it is or if you should disable it, and if so, how to do it, then you came to the right place.

So, What Exactly Is Intel Delayed Launcher

Before we get to the Intel Delayed Launcher, we need to mention what it’s a part of. Namely, there’s the so-called Rapid Storage Technology, which contains Rapid Recovery Technology, where you will find the delay launcher, or “iastoriconlaunch.exe.” For the curious among you, “iastoriconlaunch.exe” is a short form of Intel Array Storage Tech Icon Delayed Launch.

So, what does Rapid Storage Technology do? Simple – it promises you faster drive speed, as well as a faster app launcher. The latter is the same with single SATA drivers as well as multiple RAID storage. If you’re the user of the second option, the Rapid Storage Tech will improve the safety of data by mirroring it on every drive. That way, you won’t lose any data should the drive die on you.

How Does It Work

This .exe delays your Windows OS boot-up for a period between 30 and 60 seconds as it uses the local – or run – registry settings to automatically execute a user log-in. It does this before a virus, or any malware, have a chance to get to the system files. That way you can use Intel’s Rapid Recovery Tech (also a part of Rapid Storage Tech) to recover the hard drive from its recovery partition. Of course, if the OEM has managed to establish one, and if the said partition is maintained with RAID 1 type of mirroring. The partition should also be invisible to the user.

After this little delay, the number one process to launch happens to be “IAStorIcon.exe.” It will make the Rapid Storage Tech icon appear, but what it’s really there for is delaying the OS. You can, of course, disable this particular Windows service using msconfig, however, be prepared for no delay in recovery.

To put it in simple terms, this little program is a system recovery measure. You are able to enter your OS before a single system file susceptible to virus or malware intrusion. It is effectively there if a virus that’s loading during the booting enters your system.

However, what it gives you in protection, it takes away in boot time. If you never use it, you’re essentially wasting a good minute of your life per booting sequence. Though fear not if you’re running a smaller server or a tiny, multi-drive data storage.

So yeah, whether or not you should disable it might be a difficult decision to make. The best way to put it is this: is your computer protected from viruses? Disable it. Is it prone to infections? Keep it on and power through the boot time.

Listed below are the different methods for disabling the Intel Delayed Launcher, should you opt for option one.

Method #1: Remove Intel Delayed Launcher From All Startup Programs Using Msconfig (For Windows 7 Users)

Before you start, ask yourself: will I need Rapid Storage Tech at a later date? If the answer is “yes,” simply disable it right there at startup. Then re-enable it again at a later date when you need it using this same method.

  1. Press Windows + R. This should get you to the Run window.
  2. To open the system config window, type msconfig and press Enter.run msconfig
  3. Scroll down until you locate Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Click to uncheck it, then follow that with Apply and OK. Keep your primary antivirus software on during this step.
  4. Restart your computer. The booting should be faster after all of this.

Method #2: Remove Intel Delayed Launcher From Startup Programs in Task Manager (For Windows 8 and 10 Users)

If you have any of the two OS’s that we mentioned above, method #1 won’t work. When you do it, you get to the task manager. Follow these steps to successfully disable Intel Delayed Launcher:

  1. To open your task manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Escape.
  2. You should get a window with an expand option that says More details. Click it.delayed launcher in task manager
  3. Enter the startup tab.
  4. Scroll down and find “Delayed Launcher.” To select it, click it once. You will notice how high its startup impact is. Hence, the startup time will be longer.
  5. In the lower right corner click on Disable.
  6. Restart your computer. It should be booting faster after this method.

But What if I Want to Completely Uninstall the Intel Delayed Launcher?

Good question. If you feel like getting rid of Intel Delayed Launcher indefinitely, or rather the Rapid Storage Technology, the procedure is simple. First, you should change your drive from RST RAID back to SATA, all of this from BIOS. Next, go to “Disk Drivers” and uninstall all of the drivers for RST. You can also do this from your programs and features window.

One final pro tip near the end, though. Intel Delayed Launcher might not be what’s causing your boot time to lag. Think it through before you decide to disable it.


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