On this page...
On this page I'll explain how to use one of
Microsoft's gadgets, called BOOTVIS, to improve
boot time (ie. Startup time) of your Windows XP PC.
I tried it and can only say: Try it! It will most definitely improve
You can download BOOTVIS either from the Microsoft
website or directly from WeetHet (see the Downloads
Note: Gerrit pointed out to me that
Microsoft published an article concerning issues with BootVis.
This will not harm your computer, it only means that BootVis cannot
optimize since it is missing the log file it is creating.
Read the disclaimer!
Boot Windows XP faster
Using BOOTVIS, time needed to boot
a Windows XP PC will strongly improve. On my own PC, boot time was reduce
from 72 seconds, down to 31 second, quite an improvement I would say.
Download and Start BootVis
First download BOOTVIS either from
the Microsoft website
or directly from WeetHet (see the Downloads page).
After downloading the file from WeetHet, you will need WinRar
to unpack the file.
Second step is to start BOOTVIS. Simply
double click the BOOTVIS icon ().
Analyzing your system
For optimizing the boot sequence of Windows XP, we must
have BOOTVIS analyze the boot sequence. In order to do
so, a reboot is needed!
Close all running applications. Next we select from
the menu "File" - "New"
- "Next Boot + Drivers Trace".
You can see here that you are not only
limited to optimizing the regular boot sequence, but also the Standby
or Hibernate sequence.
After clicking the desired option (I started
with "Next Boot + Drivers Trace") a dialog
will ask you how many times BOOTVIS should repeat analyzing
the boot sequence. More that 2 repetitions does not really make too much
sense. Actually, usually 1 repetition will do the job just fine.
Click "OK" to
Now a window will appear, showing a count
down. Once this reaches zero, Windows will reboot.
Windows XP will now reboot. When windows
restarts, if needed, login as fast as possible as this might give a slightly
distorted graph - it does not have any influence on the optimalisation
BOOTVIS will automatically
restart after Windows complete the boot sequence. Be patient, it will
take a few seconds before BOOTVIS appears, showing a
graph which indicate the timings. The section (you might need to scroll
down) called "Driver Delay" shows you the significant
delays caused by drivers being loaded and initialized.
Now select from the menu "Trace"
the option "Optimize System":
BOOTVIS will now optimize
the initialization of the drivers (some aren't even needed for your hardware
setup) and reboot again.
After completing this, a reboot will occur
again. After reboot has been complete, it will take a while - could be
several minutes - for BOOTVIS to complete the optimalisation.
After this, BOOTVIS is
done and your system is optimized.
Tip: after installing
new drivers, it might be useful to re-run BOOTVIS.