Article written by Bhumit Shah, Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft India, who specializes in tuning Windows Server performance.
Common questions I hear from my customers are: “My desktops and laptops are taking long time to boot, can we find out why?” and “What can I do to increase my boot performance and how do I measure it?”
Well, Windows 8 introduces a new boot process (Fast startup) for a faster startup. Very detailed information about how Fast Startup works can be found at Delivering fast boot times in Windows. In this blog, I will explain how the Windows Assessment and Deployment toolkit (ADK) can assist you to understand what happens under the hood during this boot process. You can use this toolkit to either assess either a single computer or a group of computers.
To get started, you can download Windows ADK from this link and begin the installation. If web installer method is used, the installation time may vary according to the connection speed. Kindly follow the steps for installation as documented here. Please ensure you select both “Windows Assessment Services” and “Windows Performance Toolkit” during the installation wizard.
Once the data collection is complete, Windows Assessment Console will launch the below screen with automated Analysis. To review any warnings, Click on Warnings. Since we are very interested in locating issues, I’ll first review the Issues. Please refer to the screenshot below; details for the individual levels are explained further here.
Based on the above, we have already identified our first task which needs to be fixed – the BIOS initialization. Further, since we now know the new boot process during the fast startup, let’s review some important items here.
So, what do we have so far? We know that the total boot duration excluding BIOS phase is 20.235 seconds:
Remember, that’s not the end, you can still further drill down to individual processes and drivers and look out for the resource consumption by each of them.
At this point, we have some clearly identified tasks (fix the Reds and Yellows ) to improve the boot performance of this system.
I hope you find this useful. Please do leave your comments and feedback in the Comments section below!
Posted by Arvind Shyamsundar, MSPFE Editor.
Nice Article Bhumit.
"At this point, we have some clearly identified tasks (fix the Reds and Yellows Smile) to improve the boot performance of this system."
So what do we do now? What kind of ending is that?