mbp 14:41 20 Nov 2005

I have MSXPHome. Takes 3 minutes to boot up. What are the pro/cons for using Bootvis? Does it work?

  Diodorus Siculus 14:44 20 Nov 2005

I would prefer to look at something like Startups - Contents
click here and disable anything that is not necessary.

Do you have Norton installed (any parts of it)?

  mbp 14:46 20 Nov 2005

I have disabled most of my start up items except AV and WinPatrol, Zone Alarm, BHO Demon, and auto updates.

  mbp 14:48 20 Nov 2005

Sorry, missed it. Removed all of Nortons including from the Fegistry months ago.

  Diodorus Siculus 15:07 20 Nov 2005

TweakHound - Bootvis Tool
"The guys at MajorGeeks let me know that Microsoft recently removed the Bootvis tool from their Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design page (most other references to this program at MS have been changed or removed). The reason MS gives is:

"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."

I'm not sure what kind of game they are playing but the "Bootvis.exe is not a tool that will improve boot/resume performance for end users." is a blatant untruth. From what I understand, Windows XP runs the routines that Bootvis does every 3 days (isn't it strange that all 4 machines showed improvements even though XP is supposed to be doing this by itself?). That may be all well and good but suppose I want to put my machine in a optimized state NOW (especially if I want a clean and optimized Ghost image)? For MS to say it will not improve boot times is ....ridiculous. They may not have created this tool for end users, but it does work. It makes me wonder if there isn't another reason for removing it. We already know that MS released a second version of Bootvis for P4 machines with Hyper Threading enabled (which required a hotfix). Is there a problem with it and if so, won't the routines that XP runs by itself also run into these problems? Just a little harmless speculation. Maybe I can start another MS conspiracy theory?! But I digress....

I've provided examples from my system, and 3 other systems on my home network. One is before using Bootvis, the other is after. Keep in mind these systems have all been tweaked and the 3 other systems have had Bootvis run on them at some time in the past. The procedure I used was Trace > Reboot > Optimize > Reboot > Trace. The changes may not be great but they are there (I've seen MUCH larger changes). Is running Bootvis worth the 1 minute it takes? Look below and decide for yourself."
click here

  PaulB2005 15:12 20 Nov 2005

One reason the PC might be slow to boot is that during boot up XP rearranges key files for optimal access - a process called Prefetch.

Go to c:\windows\Prefetch and delete all the files there.

Now reboot.

Over time the Prefetch folder can become filled with out of date files.

Not a good idea to keep deleting the contents - maybe one a year or so.

Like BootVis the benefits are often disagreed. Whilst your system might boot faster it might run slightly slower until the Prefetch cache starts to build again.

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