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BootVis is a Microsoft computer application that allows "PC system designers and software developers" (not aimed at end-users) to check how long a Windows XP machine takes to boot, and then to optimize the boot process, sometimes considerably reducing the time required. BootVis has been replaced with XbootMgr,[1] and is no longer available from Microsoft's website.[2]


BootVis defines boot and resume times as the time from when the power switch is pressed to the time at which the user is able to start a program from a desktop shortcut. The application measures time taken during Windows XP's boot or resume period. BootVis can also invoke the optimization routines built into Windows XP, such as defragmenting the files accessed during boot, to improve startup performance. This optimization is automatically done by Windows at three-day intervals.[3]

Because the Global Logger session used by BootVis is triggered by registry entries, it runs every time that the entries appear in the registry, which has resulted in some users seeing large quantities of hard drive being used for the trace.log file (in C:\WINDOWS\System32\LogFiles\WMI). Upon rebooting the file will shrink but will grow again as the computer runs. The user can run BootVis again and click Trace→Stop Tracing, which will stop the file from growing and allow it to be safely deleted.[4][5] The Bootvis.exe tool is no longer available from Microsoft.[2]

Similar tools[edit]

  • Soluto measures the boot time and lets the user decide if and when a software shall be started automatically. It is using an information database populated by the input from the users.
  • WinBootInfo logs drivers and applications loaded during system boot, measures Windows boot times, records CPU and I/O activity during the boot.
  • Boot Log XP troubleshoots boot-up problems in Windows XP, creates a new boot log file.
  • r2 Studios' Startup Delayer allows users to optionally delay or disable applications that would otherwise run during start up.


  1. ^ "Bootvis on Windows XP…". Yong Rhee's Microsoft Technet Blog. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design". 2004-02-12. Archived from the original on 2004-04-29.
  3. ^ "Benchmarking on Windows XP". 2001-12-04. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2010-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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