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    How can I see what's loading during boot?

    Is there a way to see what's actually happening during XP boot-up? I'm talking about what's loading, and a timeline to go with it. I know what apps are loading per msconfig, but the drive is still operating and the internet light is still flashing long after the computer actually becomes usable, and I understand that many other things (such as services) are loading behind the scenes, and I can use Task Manager to see the processes. I just want total visibility to everything that's happening during boot, including the order that they happen.
    Possible?

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    Don't think so. Many programs do things after you load them, e.g. mail heads off to check your mail server after loading, Acrobat reader, Java etc check for updates from the internet. Windows updates does the same.
    You will be chasing your tail on this one.

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    What happens at startup time starts off as a linear process, but very rapidly multitasks/multiprograms, as you might well expect! About the only way you could serialise (some of) this is to use a boot loader, which would be the first (user) program started, and could control what program loads subsequently, and do this one after the other.

    As Paul says, this is not a 'viable wish-fulfilment situation'...
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    Soluto (Beta) provides a timeline of applications loading, but I don't think it covers services.

    It was reviewed by Windows Secrets in January: The Soluto solution for long boot times

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    What's in Startup will show what apps are actually loading during boot, but not the timeing of that. This is a very easy place to disable the apps that do not need to load at startup.

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    You could try tapping F8 prior to windows boot to get the advanced startup options and select:
    Enable Boot Logging - Creates a file, ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup and that might be useful for advanced troubleshooting.
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    There's a now unsupported Microsoft tool called BootVis that should give you the visual timeline you're looking for. There's little point in trying to use BootVis to speed up your boot time, it was rarely successful at that, still a good visual tool though.

    Once Windows has started, running DriverView will show all the drivers loaded.

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    LoadOrder v1.0 from Sysinternals
    (limited info with no timeline)

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    Thanks all for your suggestions. I'll try a couple of them.
    Please note that this is merely to satisfy my curiosity. I've already pared down what I could at startup to the bare minimum, and I'm not expecting to speed up my boot time.

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned AutoRuns. It won't give you a timeline, but it will give you insight into everything that's happening on startup, services, executables, etc. A lot of what you'll see should not be changed, but at least you'll know what's there. And I personally think you can speed up your boot time.
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    Thanks, Doc. That's a great program.

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    I also have Autoruns, but for strickly looking at or monitoring the srartup, I find What's In Startup a much simpler interface. Autoruns is a great app, but supplies an almost overwhelming amount of info.
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    Autoruns tells you everything that loads, not just a few programs after the machine has started. Anything else is just pretending. ;-))

    cheers, Paul

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