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Boot Chart

By James Ross, Samuel Sieb, Others Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 14, 2013

Boot Chart offers a great way to view detailed startup statistics, but newbies won't be able to do much with it. Most of the details will be hard to find and even harder to decipher for anyone who doesn't know what they're doing. However, it's a neat tool for benchmarkers or other computer gearheads.

This app doesn't download as a traditional program, but an application you can stick on a portable drive and take anywhere. It's very light at only 57KB. It searches for event trace logs to analyze, but you have to already have them on your computer. It compiles your statistics so you can see how long it took your computer to boot, what things are running at startup, and other details. It charts all of this relevant information for you on graphs, as well. Sadly, Boot Chart doesn't tell you where to find the files it reads, so you have to go hunting for them on your own. The program's layout seems like it was made for Windows XP, but it makes all of the details the program collects really easy to read. It's a neat app, but it makes you do all the work if you want to speed things up, which is what most people will want in the first place.

If you need to see benchmarks for a part or find out other minute details about your startup, Boot Chart is a nifty, fast way to do it. However, if you're just getting started with high-performance upgrading, you might want to leave this app alone for a little while.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0


Release July 15, 2013
Date Added July 16, 2013
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 655
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Boot Chart is graphical tool for displaying Windows boot patterns. It can help you check out the contents of ETL (Event Trace Log) files and inspect the boot sequence information. All you have to do is identify the appropriate Windows log file and load it in Boot Chart for Windows. The program should display a summary of the system components and the boot-related details, including a graphical representation.