Mea­sure and Im­prove Boot Times

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1. FIRST STEPS

Down­load bootrac­er_ freeb. zip from www.greatis.com/ bootracer and ex­tract the MSI file in­side. Dou­ble- click this to in­stall the pro­gram. Click “Fin­ish” when com­plete. The main win­dow opens au­to­mat­i­cally— click “Boot Time Test,” then “Yes” to restart your PC and per­form the first boot test.

2. TEST AND RE­VIEW

Win­dows restarts as nor­mal with one dif­fer­ence: When the desk­top ap­pears, you’ll see a count­down timer ap­pear in the bot­tom-right cor­ner. When com­plete, a stop­watch show­ing your boot time is dis­played. When the sum­mary screen ap­pears, click “Know more” to re­view the re­sult in de­tail.

3. DE­TAILED ANAL­Y­SIS

BootRacer splits the re­sults into four parts—see the main text above for a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of each. BootRacer per­forms the same test each time you restart Win­dows, so restart again to re­peat the test at least once to get more re­sults to com­pare. Click “His­tory” to see the trend over time.

4. TAKE CON­TROL

BootRacer can be used to mon­i­tor (and con­trol) in­di­vid­ual startup pro­grams and pro­cesses. Click “Startup Con­trol,” then click the but­ton next to “Dis­abled” to en­able it. Click “Next,” leave the “En­abled” box checked to mea­sure pro­gram start times, and click “Restart your PC and An­a­lyze Re­sults.”

5. MON­I­TOR APPS

Now, when Win­dows re­boots, startup apps are paused un­til the desk­top has fin­ished load­ing, then each one is timed. Keep an eye out for pro­grams that take much longer than oth­ers to com­plete load­ing— click “Which pro­grams slow down startup?” to an­a­lyze the re­sults in greater de­tail.

6. MAN­AGE STARTUP

Click “Startup Con­trol,” and you can dis­able (clear the check) or even delete startup items like other apps, such as CCleaner. Click “Set Or­der,” and you can even change the or­der in which startup pro­grams are run, en­sur­ing im­por­tant apps launch be­fore oth­ers. Click “Fin­ish Re­order­ing” when you’re done.

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