Factors Affecting the Boot-up Time

Horizontal Rule [Dec 98]

Raymond Poon

wpe59.jpg (4506 bytes) Some staff wonder why their machines take so long to boot-up while others wonder whether the boot-up time can be improved if their machines are upgraded. The following will provide answers to these questions:

(Note: The boot-up time is defined as the time interval between the time when the self-test of the machine has just been completed and the time when Win95 is completely loaded. It consists of three phases, namely, the network logon phase, the show message phase, and the startup phase. Interested users may refer to the "Evaluation Report on Network Win95 Startup Time Analysis" accessible from the URL http://www.cityu.edu.hk/csc/win95bootup.pdf .)

As a general rule of thumb, if your Pentium II 233, Pentium 90, and 486-33 take significantly more than 1 minute, 1.5 minute, and 3 minutes respectively to boot from the network, you may contact the CSC Help Desk at ext. 7658 for help. A special team will then be dispatched to provide you with free optimisation services. Alternatively, you can consider installing Win95 and all the required application software on your local hard disk instead of loading them from the network to speed up the boot time. However, this has the following drawbacks as well as advantages:



In summary, users can enjoy worry-free, support-free network software at the expense of longer boot-up time and software start-up time. Alternatively, users can reduce these time by installing all software onto the local hard disk but at the expense of higher license costs as well as greater supporting effort or costs.

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