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I used to have a program that would watch the startup processes as they load, time how long each one took to startup, and then spit out a report on which startup processes are slowing the loading process the most.

I can't remember the name of the software, so I'm hoping somebody here knows of it off the top of their heads..

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Which OS? (Why do I need 15 chars?) – Phoshi Sep 12 '09 at 17:13
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BootVis is a performance trace visualization utility that you can use with Windows XP systems.

use this for analasys only, not for optimization! Bootvis does not work with Vista or later.

MSDN's Windows Performance Toolkit, a much better set of tools than the old Bootvis utility. At its most basic, you can use the tools to provide you with a similar graphical display of boot performance which was provided by Bootvis.

and then there is Passmark AppTimer to analyze the startup behaviour of applications.

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I keep hearing that BootVis doesn't have any optimization power, but in the Trace menu I see 'Optimize System'. Wonder what that does. – Nathaniel Oct 22 '09 at 23:36
Bootvis' 'Optimize System' feature has become obsolete since Windows XP. – Molly7244 Oct 23 '09 at 0:00
AppTimer made me think about Startup Delayer: – n611x007 Jan 9 '13 at 9:36

On Linux you can use Bootchart which will log the entire boot process and give a nice graphical representation of the results. It is popular enough to be included in most distributions' default repositories so you shouldn't have much trouble installing it.

Bootchart example

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Respecting this is a really stupid old question - here is a great new tool for it.

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Perhaps you were thinking of Bootvis.

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too late :P – Molly7244 Sep 12 '09 at 17:08
@Molly not true anymore: – Richard Marquez Sep 12 '09 at 18:34
what is ? – Molly7244 Sep 12 '09 at 18:54
Answers with the same amount of votes are now arranged randomly. – Richard Marquez Sep 12 '09 at 19:04
I saw a tool on TV the other day that did the same thing as Bootvis but was MUCH MORE descriptive, down to details of each service and what ORDER they start. I wish i could remember the name of it. – djangofan May 28 '10 at 17:14

Try BootHawk.

32 & 64 bit, XP, windows 7&8.

BootHawk is an analysis and on-going monitoring tool that empowers organisations to understand and measure, how the PC boot-up and user login processes are performing. BootHawk was created from more than a decade's experience of identifying and rectifying the root cause of extended boot-up and login periods. BootHawk breaks the complex boot-up and login process down, into accurately measured and individual components that are visualised and easily interpreted through graphical web-based reports .BootHawk is the ONLY tool that measures the end-to-end process performance, from PC start-up to the desktop being visible.

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Process Monitor has gained the feature of 'Boot time logging of all operations'. Options menu > Enable Boot Logging.

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