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Old 09-30-2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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Bootvis Tutorial

I been seeing alot of people wanting to use Bootvis to help speed up their system boot time. Follow these instructions exactly and you will see a difference. I suggest disabling task manager after the program runs and then deleting everything in the prefetch except the layout ini file

BOOTVIS

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/S.../BootVis.shtml

Bootvis is the Boot Visualizer tool from Microsoft, which shows information about the type of programs,
drivers and services that are loaded up during your Windows startup procedure, and how long each one of
them takes. This information can be very useful in identifying precisely what is taking the most amount of
time at bootup, and if necessary lead to uninstalling or altering hardware and software which is causing any
long delays. Bootvis does more than just analyze the startup procedure – it can also optimize it by laying out
the required files in an optimal pattern for faster bootup times. This usually results in dramatically faster
loading of Windows, and that is the primary purpose to which we will put Bootvis. To access Bootvis
download it from this BootVis Download Site and install it.

Before you use Bootvis however you should note that although it is a Microsoft produced utility, it was
removed from the Microsoft BootVis Page a while ago for an unspecified reason. The likely reason is that it
can cause problems on certain systems, although it is unclear which particular types of systems. Pentium4
systems with HyperThreading (HT) CPUs are one possible source of incompatibility with Bootvis, although
many users with HT systems report using Bootvis without any problems. The bottom line is that you should
backup your data before using Bootvis, just in case. I have personally never experienced a problem using
Bootvis, and most people haven't either, but there must be exceptions otherwise Microsoft wouldn't have
removed the tool from their site.

Note that for Bootvis to operate correctly, the Task Scheduler service needs to be set to Automatic (see the
Services section) services.msc. This is very important, otherwise Bootvis will not complete its optimization task after
rebooting.

To analyze your system with Bootvis, run the program and go to the Trace menu, then selecNext Boot +
Driver Delays. Let Bootvis reboot the system, and on rebooting wait patiently for Bootvis to pop back up
when it's finished analyzing. It will display a graph that shows the various startup components laid out
sequentially in time shares. If you want to identify which programs are associated with particular
applications or drivers, consult the Microsoft Configuration Utility section for more details.

To optimize your bootup procedure using Bootvis, first go to your \Windows\Prefetch folder and delete the
entire contents. Then start Bootvis, go to the Trace menu and select Optimize System. Once again let Bootvis
reboot and wait for it to restart after the reboot. It will say Optimizing System for a while. Once this is done
you can reboot your system and observe that your bootup times will now be much faster. Ideally any time
you install new drivers or add new pieces of hardware to your system you should redo the entire Bootvis
procedure to maintain an optimal startup time.

Note that if you do not want the Windows XP prefetcher to create lots of prefetch files for various
applications then make sure to set the Task Scheduler service back to Disabled and delete everything except
for Layout.ini in your \Windows\Prefetch folder after finishing all of the above steps. In theory these prefetch
files are meant to help in improving loading times for applications, however in my experience they simply
increases the overall Windows startup time in exchange for barely noticeable improvements in application
and game loading times. This is my personal recommendation and you can ignore it if wish and leave these
prefetch files where they are if you believe they are beneficial to your system.

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Old 09-30-2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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No offense to you, or anything (especially after typing all that out), but even Microsoft states that Bootvis will not improve your boot times.
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Originally Posted by Microsoft.com
Please note that Bootvis.exe is not a tool that will improve boot/resume performance for end users. Contrary to some published reports, Bootvis.exe cannot reduce or alter a system's boot or resume performance. The boot optimization routines invoked by Bootvis.exe are built into Windows XP. These routines run automatically at pre-determined times as part of the normal operation of the operating system.
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system...t/default.mspx

This is probably the reason why you can't find it on their site anymore.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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I've installed it many times and it works. Lol i didnt type that. I pasted it from a windows tweak guide.
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I've personally seen no results from Bootvis (aside from possible placebo), and I'd tend to believe Microsoft when they say it doesn't improve boot times, as they're the ones who made the program.

If you really want to decrease boot times, go into your Device Manager, disable all auto-detection of IDE devices not in use, and then set your network settings to manual, instead of auto-detect.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:59 PM   #5
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My intention was not to create a debate on whether or not the program works, it was to help those who wanted to know how to use it.
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