I have been unable to find a single site that has all the Speed Up Boot Tricks together in One Section
Alot of Different Sites\Threads\Opinions confirm the below tricks
To my knowledge these are all Legitimate
Remember to backup and be cautious if doing registry tweaks-
I am not responsible for any damage
These tweaks are directed at Windows XP users
So here you go.....
The Less Windows has to Load up and Perform at Startup the Better
If you do not know what it is....
Leave it alone
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BOOTUP \ STARTUP TIME
TUNEXP has a simple boot speed up tool http://www.driverheaven.net/dforce/showdoc...oc=txp_download
MSCONFIG - Go to 'start\run' and type msconfig
SERVICES - Goto> Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
TASK MANAGER - Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete
GROUP POLICIES MANAGER - Goto>Start>Run type in gpedit.msc>click ok (useful tool for many tweaks)(available only to XP Pro)
DEFRAGMENTER - Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Defragmenter
BOOTVIS - http://www.soft32.com/download-BootVis-19687-5.html
STARTUP CONTROLLER Panelhttp://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
REGISTRY CLEANER - look in software forum for best registry cleaners
ADAWARE - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
XPLITE (removes items from xp -use with some caution)http://www.litepc.com/xplite.html
O&O DEFRAGGER V6.5 helps at shortening the boot - http://www.oo-software.com/en/produc...efrag/pro.html
Cacheman - http://www.outertech.com/index.php?downloa...&imageField.y=9
FASTEST REBOOT - KILL EXPLORER.EXE
This is the fastest way to Refresh (reboot) explorer.
Instead of completely rebooting because of system crash or new registry input or other reasons.
Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete (at the same time)
on an empty space on the Taskbar >right click it > click Task Manager
then in the Task Manager window
Right Click on Explorer.exe
(explorer items will disappear)
then click on File in the menu
Type in explorer.exe
explorer and the registry will then be freshly reloaded
FAST REBOOT II - DON'T..
Simply Don't reboot....
Either put it on Standby or Hibernate
Only reboot unless you need to because of software hardware changes
Tip from this thread http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...=180494&hl=boot
***The Hibernation option uses system resources so turn it off as it also uses alot of space***
(To disable Hibernation goto power options>Hibernate>unmark enable)
TUNEXP all in one speeduper
Many people have mentioned that Tunexp has an all in one system optimizer which seems to speedup booting
havent tried it but im sure its good
REMOVE JUNK FILES before Shutting down
By removing junk- the windows registry and system won’t have to load them up on reboot.
Use a Junk temp Cleaner like CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/, window washer, etc (see software forum for more)
to remove junk from your system before you shutdown.
"I found that creating a script to run on shutdown that deletes the temp folder and history shaved 2.5 seconds on my boot time, down to 1.5 secs.
Create a batch file by doing the following:
1) Open notepad and enter the following lines:
RD /S /q "C:\Documents and Settings\"UserName without quotes"\Local Settings\History"
RD /S /q "C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History"
RD /S /q "D:\Temp\" <--"Deletes temp folder, type in the location of your temp folder"
2) Save the file and then rename is something like deltemp.bat
3) Now click Start, Run and type in gpedit.msc --->Computer Configuration --->Windows Settings --->Scripts and double click on Shutdown
--->Click Add and find the batch file you created and press ok to set the script"
submitted by Gabe http://tweakxp.com/tweak1822.aspx
Clean your Registry
Use a registry cleaner occasionally - will help for faster load up and general performance - the cleaner your registry the faster it loads.
(CCleaner also does the basic cleaning-look in software forum for others).
Defragment your Harddrive Occasionally
Likewise having a clean ordered system helps
goto Start-(all)Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Defragmenter then click on Defragment
or use other Defrag software such as Diskeeper
Remove SpyWare and Adware
Many programs put spyware or adware on your pc without your knowledge. These transmit info about your habits etc, and take up resources and tend to run at Startup (thus slowing it down). Use programs like Adaware & Spybot to remove these.
Scan for Viruses
Does this need to be explained?
Uninstall & Remove any Software \ Items you do not use
Simply remove programs you dont use thru "add remove programs" & also in "add\remove Windows Components" -
Take a look at what Xplite has to offer in relation removing windows items
BoldFortunes *Slimming Down XP*http://forums.techguy.org/showthread...=212167&page=1 AND
Slimming Down Xp, Bold_Fortune's Complete 7-Part Guide http://www.graphixanstuff.com/Forum/...showtopic=1692
NeoMayhems "*Making your windows folder smaller" http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=80511
REMOVE STARTUP PROGRAMS
Many programs you install set themselves to run automatically when you start up your computer. Each program that runs on startup not only consumes system resources but also extends the length of time it takes your PC to fully boot.
it is generally unnecessary to have any programs running in the background (other than security software like virus-scanners or firewalls) disable your unwanted startup programs to increase your startup speed and conserve system resources.
Method 1 - Startup Controller Utility:
I prefer to use other start up controller programs such as Registry Cleaner to control what is allowed to startup.
(look on google for other Startup software-lots of freebies)
I would advize using this one : STARTUP CONTROLLER Panelhttp://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
you can use the MSCONFIG utility
The 'startup' tab in MSCONFIG provides access to several other applications that are started at boot up and are running in the background.
By examining their Filenames and directories, you should be able to get a feeling for what is necessary and what is not.
Be aware than several viruses and worms have a habit of disguising themselves with authoritative sounding Windows system file names,
such as the Win32.spybot.worm as MSCONFIG32.EXE. Leave these for now if you are not sure. (this paragraph taken from pcstats.com)
Go to 'start\run' and type 'msconfig'
Click on the "startup" tab (furthest right)\
Unclick any items you don't want to load when windows starts.
after editing the msconfig utility and rebooting a pop warning will come-simply clik "do not warn me again"
"Do you ever uninstall programs and they are still listed under startup items in msconfig? Personally, I found myself with 30 such items from old installs.
Microsoft leaves you no way to clean up this list, but have no fear, I have figured it out for you.
1. Open MSconfig and click on the startup items tab
2. Open Regedit and navigate to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Sharedtools/MSconfig
3. Compare the list of registry keys under startupfolder and startupreg with their counterparts in msconfig.
4. Delete the keys which are no longer valid.
5. Voila! You've cleaned up msconfig.
by Simon Tuck (reviewed by yoyo) http://tweakxp.com/tweak981.aspx
Check - Startup Folder in StartMenu
Goto Start > Programs > StartUp
Simply delete any programs you don’t want to load on startup. Windows does not put any critical files in here so relax.
This directory can also be a repository for various badness such as spyware and virus software, so if there are files here which are not shortcuts and you don't recognize them, you may wish to consider removing them.
Method 2 - From Within the Program
Open any program that starts up with windows-
goto options or preferences and look for something like "Start with windows" etc -
remove that and it wont load. (generally when you install a program it should politely ask you if you want it to start with Win).
e.g.: Messenger fans
To stop windows messenger from loading at startup.
go to tools-options-preferences-"uncheck”, run this program when windows starts, and run this program in the background.
You can still use it by clicking the icon, but it won't load with windows on start up.
Method 3 - RegistryDeleting*
1. Start --> run --> regedit
2. Navigate to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
3. Delete any entries that you don't want to load up
Deleting keys from the registry will not allow you to set them to startup again if you change your mind.(unless you backup and know how to revert it)
Use Registry Cleaner to do this, its easier and has backup feature
SLOW STARTUP DUE TO GRFX CARDS \ FIREWALLS\ ANTIVIRUS Software?
There are alot of complaints that some grfx cards -firewalls and antivirus can slow down boot like hell eg: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...dpost&p=2381357
I suggest either checking with the your grfx\security manufacturures support for any solutions, or search...
Norton seems to have a fix and all i know is that with AtiMobility you can remove them from startup (and services..).
or simply move over to a Lighter less resource eating security system.
if you have symantec AV ,turn the services to manual and dont make it startup (stated by demorgoron in http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...dpost&p=2409538
SlowBoottime with ZoneAlarm? - http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...=231506&hl=boot
See the IrCOMM2k Tweak at bottom for possible solution.
DISABLE UNNECESSARY SERVICES
Windows XP runs many services in the background. A lot of these are not actually necessary to the day-to-day operation of your PC, depending of course, on what you use it for. Different people will need different services enabled. The less services the better the performance the faster load up.
To judge for yourself which are necessary,
Goto> Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
right click on 'My computer'
expand 'services and applications'
then click 'services' to open up the window listing all available services.
The ones labeled 'started' are currently running, and the startup type 'automatic' denotes a service which is started by windows each time the operating system loads. By highlighting each service, you can see a description of its properties, and make an informed decision on whether you need it or not.
To stop a service from running, right click on it and select 'properties,' then stop it and make the startup type 'disabled.' If the description indicates that services which depend on the service you are currently examining will fail if it is disabled, you can go to the 'dependencies' tab to see which services will be affected. (paragraph from pcstats.com)
The Best Site I know that shows which Services you can Safely Disable is - Black Viper's Windows XP Home and Professional Service Configurations - http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm (scroll to bottom)
Here is another Site : http://www.overclockersclub.com/windowsxpservices.shtml
Demorgorn states: only do it if you know what you are doing and write down all the changes you make
PROCESSES - BASICS
You can see what processes are running on your pc by opening the task manager.(Ctrl-Alt-Delete)
In relation to the Services and StartUp programs the CORE system processes(+ internet access) that need to be running for Windows to function are:
ctfmon.exe (do not disable if u need different languages-quoted from Slimy)
System Idle Process
(+your firewall and antivirus programs...)
if any of the above .exes are named slightly different or are located outside of the system32 folder there is a big likelihood they are viruses.
( I have looked at 3 different machines running different services- and these are to my knowledge The Essential Core) There is an interesting little application called Procexp from www.sysinternals.com which shows which processes are effecting what on your system.
TURN OFF LOGIN & STARTUP SOUNDS
loading the sounds causes minimal delay but.....
Goto Control Panel-Sounds and Audio Devices-Sounds-
select -"start windows" -then in the sounds panel below select (None)
do the same for Windows logon and any others u want(alot off them).
BOOTVIS UTILITY - Boot Defragmenter
Confirmed in this thread: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...4&hl=boot&st=15
Usefull tool to see all info about which process are doing what, when & howlong during startup.
Made by Microsoft to help speed up Windows XP boot times.
"Bootvis.exe is a performance tracing and visualization tool that Microsoft designed to help PC system designers and software developers identify performance issues for boot/resume timing while developing new PC products or supporting software.
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.
If you are an end-user seeking to resolve issues for boot/resume performance on your PC, we recommend that you contact the vendor from whom you purchased the PC. For information from Microsoft on specific issues, you can search Knowledge Base for Windows XP product issues related to "resume time."
Source of Quote : http://www.soft32.com/download_19687.html
How To use Bootvis
Go to the 'trace' menu and select 'next boot and driver delays.'
Bootvis will prompt to reboot. Reboot and wait for Bootvis to start again.
Go to the 'trace' menu and select 'optimize.' Reboot again. Wait for Bootvis to complete its analysis. Your boot times should now be optimized.
Download Bootvis: http://www.soft32.com/download-BootVis-19687-5.html
CHANGE BOOT SEQUENCE
A simple way to speed up boot is to change the boot order your Bios goes thru
Change it to Hardrive first and you save seconds needed for the pc to check thru the list
go to the 'advanced BIOS features' section of the BIOS
and change the 'First Boot Device' setting to 'Hard Disk' (instead of floppy\cd etc)
SERVICE PACK DELAY BOOT?
See this http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...dpost&p=2400424
According to korsairr
drivers then service packs = fast boots
service packs then drivers = slow boots"
BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER
(If you haven’t already disabled it in Services)
If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service
(Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background. Microsoft put out a patch for this but it didn't work for me. Here's what you do
Either disable it in services
1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable it, apply the changes & reboot.
NOGUIBOOT tweak - Disabling System Boot Screen
Submited by AresXP : http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?show...=217309&hl=boot
This tweak removes XP boot Logo at start up (shaving off a few secs)
*****Note:you will only see a black screen at bootup and prevents the displaying of boot messages such as Checkdisk***
Goto start - Run - type in MSCONFIG
in the system configuration utility- goto BOOT.INI - mark the /NOGUIBOOT-ok
you will get a pop warning after reboot-click the ignore in the future\don’t remind me etc.
Goto C:/ find you your Boot.ini file and add " /noguiboot" right after "/fastdetect".