Windows Startup Speed Benchmark

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 31, 2008
Updated • Apr 8, 2014
Software, Windows software

The startup speed of an operating system usually receives more attention than it deserves. Only a few users are booting their systems more than a few times per day while most users boot it probably only once if at all.

While users who boot the system a lot benefit from improved startup times, for instance a decrease from two minutes to 30 seconds, it is not really something that should matter for the majority of users.

The startup is on the other something that all users experience and if it is really slow, something that you may want to improve regardless of how often you boot the PC in a given time period.

BootRacer is a Windows startup speed benchmark utility that targets the general Windows user.

No technical knowledge is required to run the software program. What makes it interesting, more so than other programs with a similar functionality (Boot Timer), is that it rates the startup time. This gives you an indication on how his system rates when compared to other Windows systems.

Another advantage is that BootRacer records several values, to be precise the time it takes boot to logon and to the desktop.

The boot speed rating will get the highest rating if the startup speed of the Windows operating system is below 60 seconds. Many systems will fall into that categoryalready  and it would probably make sense if the developers would change the ratings to reflect this.

BootRacer can be configured to run at every system startup or only once.

It makes sense to run it on every startup in the optimization phase. If you are confident about your boot time you may want to run it once to take a look at the the result.

If you plan to make changes to your system, you may want to use Boot Racer to test the impact on the system's boot time, which would mean to restart the system after every change, to see if improvements in regards to the system start were made.

Boot Racer is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system. It is a useful tool that you can use to measure the boot time of your version of Windows.

The software program is free for non-commercial use, and can be run under non-administrator accounts.


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  1. gokudomatic said on January 1, 2009 at 11:21 am

    thanks, Xmetalfanx, but my researches led me to this software also. Yes, “but”, because the tool was totally useless for me. It happened that a service was the cause of the slowness. The whole story was that after I tried a specific software that allows to map a drive for an ftp server, the startup was much slower. and that was an important service that was doing that. obviously, it was something related to the network, but I could never find what. So, finally, this tool could only point me to a generic microsoft service, which is indeed totally useless(no way I can afford to disable it).

    so, that’s my story about bootvis.

  2. Xmetalfanx said on January 1, 2009 at 6:34 am

    you can probably (if you know what to look for and exactly how to tweak it) do that with BootVis .. Despite what MS says “XP users DO NOT NEED THIS ” .. I have found it helps a bit .. granted it’s not “OMG !.. BOOT IS 300% FASTER NOW!”… but after “optimizing bootup” in BootVis, I did notice a reasonable speedup in startup timing.

  3. gokudomatic said on December 31, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I can do same with my watch.
    It would start to be interesting if it could say what is slowing down, especially which service.

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