Monday, November 24, 2008
Microsoft has made available a program to analyze and decrease the time it takes to boot to WindowsXP
The program is called BootVis
Uncompress the file.
For a starting point, run Trace / Next Boot + Driver Delays
This will reboot your computer and provide a benchmark
After the reboot, BootVis will take a minute or two to show graphs of your system startup.
Note how much time it takes for your system to load (click on the red vertical line)
Then run Trace / Optimize System
Re-Run the Next Boot + Drive Delays
Note how much the time has decreased
Mine went from approximately 33 to 22 seconds.
The pagefile is the virtual memory of Windows XP. It is used when there is no more suffiecent amount of RAM. Windows then moves parts of the RAM to the harddrive. However, if a program crashes some parts of it will not be deleted remaining within the pagefile. This causes this file to fragment and therefore the access to it gets slower.
You can force Windows to overwrite the pagefile with 0's everytime Windows is shut down. You'll use regedit to set this up. Click "Start" -> "Run..." and type "regedit".
In the registry navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Session Manager \ Memory Management". In the right window locate the string "ClearPageFileAtShutDown" and double-click on it.
Just change the value to 1. Now everytime you shut down Windows the pagefile will be cleared.
Notice that clearing the pagefile may cause the shutdown of Windows to take much longer. In this case you might want to disable it by setting the above registry key to 0.
Services You Can Disable
There are quite a few services you can disable from starting automatically.
This would be to speed up your boot time and free resources.
They are only suggestions so I suggest you read the description of each one when you run Services and that you turn them off one at a time.
Some possibilities are:
Human Interface Devices
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Routing & Remote Access
SSDP Discovery Service
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Here's how to do it:
1. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader (replace the C if you installed on another drive, like I did).
2. Create a new folder called plug_ins_disabled.
3. Move all files from the plug_ins folder to the plug_ins_disabled folder except EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api. There should only be these 3 files in the plug_ins folder.
4. You're done:)
If you wanna make a autorun file for that CD you are ready to burn just read this...
1) You open notepad
2) now you write: [autorun]
Now save it but not as a .txt file but as a .inf file.
But remember! The "Setup_filename.EXE" MUST be replaced with the name of the setup file. And you also need to remember that it is not all of the setup files there are called '.exe but some are called '.msi
3) Now burn your CD with the autorun .inf file included.
4) Now set the CD in you CD drive and wait for the autorun to begin or if nothing happens just double-click on the CD drive in "This Computer"