Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Help interpreting a boot trace please

09 Apr 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Help interpreting a boot trace please


This is really part and parcel of another thread I have here:

PC frozen for c.30 secs after boot

but this question is rather incidental to that, so it seemed better to start a separate thread :)

I ran a boot trace using Process Monitor, trying to get to the bottom of the problem explained in the other thread. I have kept the pml files it created, but would like to ask how to interpret the duration column. I see that, for instance, my desktop All_CPU gadget shows as loading in 68 seconds (?!). But does that mean that that software is causing the delay? Or is it that the delay I am experiencing in being able to run programmes after the desktop is visible, (and created by something else entirely), caused the gadget to load only after that interval of time? In other words, does that 68" delay represent cause, or just effect?

Hope the question is clear! Thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2017   #2

Win7 pro x64

imo it could be cause or it could be effect, but in either case the best next step is to eradicate that program from your system, then run another trace.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

OK, will do. (To be honest though, it seems a bit unlikely that a programme I have run for several years with no issues, AFAIK, should suddenly start creating a problem like this).
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Help interpreting a boot trace please

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Help Parsing Boot Trace
So I started having ridiculously long (5-6 minute) boot times out of nowhere - no recent hardware or software changes. This is Win7 64bit on a Samsung Evo SSD. After troubleshooting some, I ended up running a boot trace using the Windows Performance Tools. I think I have isolated the problem, but...
General Discussion
Slow boot past few days. Help with trace please?
Hi. I am hoping someone would be kind enough to help me with a slow boot issue that suddenly started a couple of days back. I can't connect it with anything I did at the time with the PC, installation-wise or whatever... There was a power outage in my area for a few seconds, but I have a pure sine...
General Discussion
slow laptop; need help understanding boot trace
I have a Toshiba Tecra A10 laptop, and it has gotten noticeably slow. It came with both Windows XP and Windows 7. First it had Windows XP Pro, and everything seemed to take a long time (launching programs, boot, shutdown, hibernate, etc.). Then I installed Windows 7 Pro, and with a clean install...
Performance & Maintenance
Boot Trace (from slow boot)
Hi. I am posting here as requested from this link: As cluberti said, the trace may not show useful data as it came after a BSOD - I have not been able to get a startup trace...
Performance & Maintenance
boot trace
ok so my startups(after login) recently have been really slow. so i ran a boot trace. to figure out what services/programs are causing it. so if anyone who knows how to read a performance alalyzer trace file please contact so i can send (note it is 540mb) then then please help me get my startups...
Performance & Maintenance

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:28.
Twitter Facebook Google+