I sometimes use BootLogXP from Greatis software for boot timings.
By actually measuring the time you can eliminate the subjective "might be faster", "seems faster", "could be faster" thoughts after making adjustments. You will know for sure if it is faster or not because you can see it and measure it with actual numbers of seconds (and tenths of seconds).Boot Log XP
It "installs" and becomes listed in Programs, but you can uninstall it later. When you tell it to make a log, be patient with it on the next reboot and wait for it to stop by itself. It will let you know when it is done.
You can't change your configuration with BootLogXP, but you can sure see what is going on and then do something about it and run it again.
After installing BootLogXP, I just moved it from Programs (and some other just once in a while things) to a separate folder on my Desktop or under Accessories so it doesn't clutter up my start menu. When the 30 days is up, BootLogXP reminds you, but still works just fine. It is not annoying since it is not something you will use every day once you figure out where your problem lies. You can also just uninstall it when you are finished.
Some more seasoned folks remember BootVis, which you can download and read the instructions (with pictures) from here:http://www.weethet.nl/english/download.php
BootVis will actually changes some things if you let it, so it sometimes make me a little squirmy...
Here is a BootLogXP results indicating several improvements can be made:
Edited by joseibarra, 13 October 2010 - 08:13 PM.
Changed link to direct one for program ~ Hamluis.