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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 boot time!

You can download BOOTVIS either from the Microsoft website or directly from WeetHet (see the Downloads page).

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!

BootVis - Improving startup time of Windows XP

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 (BootVis - Start BootVis).

BootVis - Started ...

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".

BootVis - Optimizing boot sequence

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.

BootVis - Trace options

Click "OK" to continue.

Now a window will appear, showing a count down. Once this reaches zero, Windows will reboot.

BootVis - Reboot countdown!

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 though!

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.

BootVis -Graph log

Now select from the menu "Trace" the option "Optimize System":

BootVis - Continue optimizing ...

BOOTVIS will now optimize the initialization of the drivers (some aren't even needed for your hardware setup) and reboot again.

BootVis - Calculating the optimum ...

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.



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