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Is there any tool which can show me the causes of a slow Windows Xp boot and shutdown?

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It would be useful to check what is starting with the bootup -- use autoruns from SysInternals .
It would also help track what is running (and needs to be shutdown at the end) -- procexp.
Another reference: How to fix Windows XP Slow Startup And Shutdown Problems.

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The first thing that comes to mind is Bootviz, It is no longer supported by Microsoft and the download link comes from a third party, so I have linked to the Wikipedia page about it and you can make up your own mind if you want to use it.

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Back in those days, when I came across a slow or weird booting Windows XP, I always started with running msconfig.exe, and disabling all start-up programs and drives. Then I re-enabled them one by one, or in pairs, in order to identify which program (or driver) in the start up, that caused the problem.

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this is not the best way for instrumentation of system performance..operating systems have better tools than 'trial and error' –  iceman Jan 5 '13 at 22:30

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