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    As I am experiencing slow boot-up times in my XP Pro-SP2 P.C. I would like to create a "boot.log" file to see whether this will give any clues to the delay.

    I understand this file should appear in the C:/ drive but there is no such file anywhere on my computer.

    I tried clicking the "/BOOTLOG" entry which is found when you enter "msconfig" and navigate to the "Boot.ini" tab.

    This also failed to produce such a log file .

    How do I obtain this file and , if I do manage to do so , will this file detail the various times taken by apps/services to load thereby helping to diagnose any causes of delays?

  • #2
    Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

    Hi, thenoo.
    AFAIR, there are two options in creating a boot log file:
    - by adding the /BOOTLOG parameter in the boot.ini file ;
    - by pressing F8 key during the boot itself and choosing the Enable Boot Logging option.

    Notice that during this process, the file created is called ntbtlog.txt and resides in %systemroot% (usually, C:\Windows).
    Check any of these options and let us know the outcome.
    Good luck.

    Sorin Solomon


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    • #3
      Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

      Thanks for the reply , Sorinso.



      Originally posted by sorinso View Post
      Hi, thenoo.
      AFAIR, there are two options in creating a boot log file:
      - by adding the /BOOTLOG parameter in the boot.ini file ;
      - by pressing F8 key during the boot itself and choosing the Enable Boot Logging option.

      Notice that during this process, the file created is called ntbtlog.txt and resides in %systemroot% (usually, C:\Windows).
      Check any of these options and let us know the outcome.
      Good luck.
      Your first suggestion did not produce any boot file.It changed the Boot process slightly by introducing a black "DOS" - type screen asking for the Operating System - this only appeared for a few seconds.

      Your second suggestion worked OK - the "ntbtlog.txt" file appearing in C:\Windows .

      I seem to remember reading years ago that it was possible to generate a file which listed , as well as all the launching services and drivers , the times taken to launch each item , thus enabling an easy way to spot any recalcitrant driver which may be the cause of a slow boot.

      I wonder whether anyone has any knowledge of such a file.

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      • #4
        Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

        http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/sgp-tweaks.ars
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        • #5
          Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

          Originally posted by thenoo View Post
          I seem to remember reading years ago that it was possible to generate a file which listed , as well as all the launching services and drivers , the times taken to launch each item , thus enabling an easy way to spot any recalcitrant driver which may be the cause of a slow boot.
          Sounds that you are referring to BootVis. Although I used it several times (and found the reasons for slow boot), I cannot call myself an experienced user with it. So, go get it from SoftPedia and play with it ...

          Sorin Solomon


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            Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

            Originally posted by sorinso View Post
            Sounds that you are referring to BootVis. Although I used it several times (and found the reasons for slow boot), I cannot call myself an experienced user with it. So, go get it from SoftPedia and play with it ...
            Thanks again for the links - much obliged

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            • #7
              Re: Creation of a "boot.log" File - How?

              Great!
              I'm glad it helped...

              Sorin Solomon


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