Mea­sure and im­prove boot times

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS SPEED UP YOUR PC -

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.

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