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    Windows XP Boot Log

    We are looking at what loads and runs during a normal boot process and logon on our curriculum PCs. Does anyone know how we can see exactly what loads and runs? There used to be a Boot.ini file in earlier versions of Windies that showed this info.
    We are happy to run a utility if there is nothing inbuilt.
    We have XP Pro SP2 on the dessktop and run WinSuite 2000 at the moment.
    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    There is a program for this to help speed up windows loading and see what is happening I think it's called bootvis or something.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    If I recall, you can press F8 before the Windows XP loading screen appears on bootup. One of the options allows you to boot normally with logging. A text file will be produced on the root of the C drive called Bootlog.txt I think.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Geoff is right- you can enable safe mode bootlogging which will (of course) put everything into a juicy file on your drive. It's called ntbtlog.txt file and found in %systemroot% folder.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    I seem to have replied to the duplicate post!!!!! There is a tool called bootvis that will show you this as well it's MS own.

    [ sorted - tarquel ]

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Not exactly a logger, but Startup Cpl is a nice free app to prevent programs etc from starting when you don't want them to. It's a bit like MSCONFIG on steroids.

    http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    [identical topics merged - please be careful not to double post or start two topics of the same thing - cheers ]

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Thanks to one and all.

    The Bootvis app produces a wonderful array of graphs and F* - Boot logging does what if says on the tin ... log the boot process. We would laso like to see what loads etc during the logon process. We are seeing some wildly different logon times on identical PCs (Same machine same build, same user!) Haven't had a look at the MSConfig like app yet.
    So if anyone has any more ideas.?

    Thanks

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    The GPMC will give you an overview of what Group Policies are supposed to be applied (via GP modelling on 2k3 only). It'll also tell you whats really happening (via GP Results).

    Other things to try are to run netdiag on the client PC and also check the basic network settings. DNS server settings, default gateway and netmask are obvious ones. Finally, check the machines system time is correct.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    The GPMC will give you an overview of what Group Policies are supposed to be applied (via GP modelling on 2k3 only). It'll also tell you whats really happening (via GP Results).

    Other things to try are to run netdiag on the client PC and also check the basic network settings. DNS server settings, default gateway and netmask are obvious ones. Finally, check the machines system time is correct.
    Geoff,

    We are not using Group Policies or 2K3 at the moment. Anything similar we can try?

    Thanks

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Try BootlogXP it will give you a graphical breakdown on how long every file and service took to get running during the bootup process.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    We are seeing some wildly different logon times on identical PCs (Same machine same build, same user!)
    Silly suggestions but what about defragmentation differences causing different access times?

    Another one is the HDD's are the same make/model/revision correct? could be access times of the hdd that fluctuate, but i wouldnt have thought that it would have made substancial differences anyhow lol

    Just a few wild thoughts

    N.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    We are seeing some wildly different logon times on identical PCs (Same machine same build, same user!)
    Silly suggestions but what about defragmentation differences causing different access times?

    Another one is the HDD's are the same make/model/revision correct? could be access times of the hdd that fluctuate, but i wouldnt have thought that it would have made substancial differences anyhow lol

    Just a few wild thoughts

    N.

    Just in case anyone is interested in defragmenting Raxco

    Did you know that defragmenting doesn't actually affect the physical location of files on the disk? Just the logical placement in the filing system. I know I didn't until a few years ago :P

    Back to the topic. Are the machines on different switches/hubs?

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Thanks for the suggestions one and all.
    I think it is necessary to explain a bit more about our setup.

    We have 350 PCs most in 6 computer suites. 3 with 32 PCs and 3 with 22.
    Each room is equipped with the same type pf PCs. We have Dell SX270s in 2 rooms, GX240s in 2 rooms and GX280s in 2 rooms. No PC is more than 3 years old.
    Each room is served by room switches providing 100Mb links to the desktop. These are uplinked to main switches at 100Mb that are in turn uplinked via 1Gb fibre links to a central switch. The main logon server is connected directly to the central hub at 1Gb.

    Logon time differences are not confined to a single room or to a set of PCs. We can see the same PC having problems with one user and not another.

    We are planning to look at the desktop setup in great detail in the next few months and would appreciate any suggestions

    Thanks again

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Quote Originally Posted by secman
    Thanks for the suggestions one and all.
    I think it is necessary to explain a bit more about our setup.

    We have 350 PCs most in 6 computer suites. 3 with 32 PCs and 3 with 22.
    Each room is equipped with the same type pf PCs. We have Dell SX270s in 2 rooms, GX240s in 2 rooms and GX280s in 2 rooms. No PC is more than 3 years old.
    Each room is served by room switches providing 100Mb links to the desktop. These are uplinked to main switches at 100Mb that are in turn uplinked via 1Gb fibre links to a central switch. The main logon server is connected directly to the central hub at 1Gb.

    Logon time differences are not confined to a single room or to a set of PCs. We can see the same PC having problems with one user and not another.

    We are planning to look at the desktop setup in great detail in the next few months and would appreciate any suggestions

    Thanks again
    Is dns setup correctly (that the first one everyone mentions). Is it 2003/2000 with XP clients? Look at the event logs for gpo and userenv errors. Are dcdiag and netdiag ok?

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