Sunday, February 05, 2012

A website that tells you how to diagnosis slow bootup of Windows

Since installing Webroot Secure Anywhere, Windows 7 bootup on my Dell XPS laptop (2009) has been faster than it had been before,  but Saturday AM it was a little slower, so I thought I would look up the possible problems that occur.

I tried some of the procedures given here at ‘ITExpert”.  I found that I get an “error” on startup, that generates a report, and offers a lookup, which in turn does not find a matching code.  For “fun”, I presented the XML code that the report generated below.   There’s really a lot that can go wrong with a lot of obscure services and drivers that may not be used often by many people.

Windows (under System and Security, Action Center) is telling me I don’t run Windows Defender (I use Webroot scans) or backup (I use Carbonite).  I don’t know what the memory card reader driver is about.
  
“Log Name:      Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance
Date:          2/5/2012 2:12:46 PM
Event ID:      100
Task Category: Boot Performance Monitoring
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Event Log
User:          LOCAL SERVICE
Computer:      Owner-PC
Description:
Windows has started up:
     Boot Duration                               :               92241ms
     IsDegradation                               :               false
     Incident Time (UTC)   :               ‎2012‎-‎02‎-‎05T19:10:37.640400300Z
Event Xml:
 
   
    100
    2
    2
    4002
    34
    0x8000000000010000
   
    4990
   
   
    Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational
    Owner-PC
   
 
 
    2
    2012-02-05T19:10:37.640400300Z
    2012-02-05T19:12:43.790462600Z
    632
    630
    92241
    51441
    25
    1431
    1666
    0
    0
    0
    8210
    2739
    4480
    0
    23206
    12
    40800
    false
    0
    0
    0
    4194308
    false
    false
    false
    0
    0
    true
    5204
    25
    1691
    2405
    3958
    1405
    5502
    1241
    1780
    5187
    13712
    10041
    5300
 

On a Dell 8300 desktop, the bootup got slower and slower (particularly the NVidia icon part) until it finally failed completely, at the end of 2009, after six years.   A Geek Squad visit had fixed a "blue screen" in December 2008 ("had.dll" on Windows XP, see Dec. 10, 2008).  

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