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Troubleshoot slow starts with Vista's Event Viewer

Vista slow to boot? Get the facts

Is Windows Vista really slow to start up? Microsoft has already measured startup times for you, but they haven't documented the settings. Here's an exclusive look at how to use Vista's Event Viewer to track down performance problems.

This graph shows the performance of four separate Windows Vista systems, as measured by Microsoft's own hidden performance monitoring tools. The results bear out the conclusion that roughly 80 percent of the time, Vista systems boot in 60 seconds or less.

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Microsoft's hidden diagnostic tool unlocks Vista startup secrets