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Finding bottleneck is a very complicated task, but it is more complicated if we talk about what happens at boot times.
Have a slow boot computer?  Continue reading and you will find how to solve it
Don’t forget to leave a comment including what process is consuming your CPU.

The post is written using Windows 7 but this work for Windows XP or Windows Vista.

First you have to download the free Sysinternals process monitor utility.

Move the cursor to the downloaded program and press the right mouse button, then you select Extract All as you see on the image:

Process Monitor Extract All

Extract it in the folder you wish. Now run the Process Monitor Program using Run as administrator:

Process Monitor Run As Administator

Once it opens, go to the file menu and deselect capture events:

File Menu Process Explorer

Go to options menu and select enable boot login:

Options Menu Process Explorer Enable Boot Login

The following window appears:

Boot Loggin Options Process Explorer

Press the OK button and reboot the system. Once is over, open the Process Monitor,  the following message appear:

Boot Time Activity Process Monitor

Now you can save the boot information as a Process Monitor log:

Save As Process Monitor Log File

As you can see the information is very exhaustive so if we only want to know what process is stressing the CPU go to tools and select Process Activity Summary:

Tools Menu Activity Process Monitor

We now have a description of what resources has used every process at the start:

Process Activity Summary Boot Up

To know what processes are using more CPU just move over the CPU label and press the left button to sort the column:

Process Activity Summary Sort  By CPU

If you select a process a more detailed information appears at the bottom.

MsMpEngBoot Time Activity

So readers, what are the processes consuming your CPU when it starts?



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Comments

  • ken

    wmpnetwk.exe (2904) was the top of the “man, this is slow” list

  • Thanks ken for the comment.

    It is part of Windows Media Player. Have you planning to get rid of it?


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