Measure and improve boot times
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 and then click Yes to restart your PC and perform the first boot test.
2 Test and review
Windows will restart 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 will show. 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 on the opposite page for a detailed explanation of each. BootRacer will perform 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 ticked 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 taking much longer than others to complete loading – click ‘Which programs slow down start-up?’ to analyse the results in greater detail.
6 Manage startup
Click Startup Control and you can disable (clear the tick) 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.