Useful visibility into your Windows boot times - Soluto "Anti-Frustration" software
Like all Window environments, my boot times have gotten slower as more and more software gets installed. You can dig into the logs in Windows 7 to check into what loads when and what can be changed, but it's not overly easy or intuitive. I ran across something today that looks like it takes a lot of that hassle out of the equation, however... Soluto.
Soluto monitors your boot process and figures out what exactly is going on during that period. It then presents a clean, intuitive interface to allow you to either pause or delay certain programs to get your computer to a useable state more quickly. By mousing over the colored bar, you get a dropdown of the application, the time it took to launch, an explanation as to what it does, and a recommendation for pausing, delaying, or leaving in the boot sequence. It also shows you what others chose to do, so you have an idea as to what the conventional thinking is on particular applications.
I have this running on both my desktop and laptop computers now, and I like the results. Some of the applications, like QuickTime or Adobe Reader just get paused, as I don't mind the extra few seconds when I want to actually use them. Others I just put into a delay status so they can start up when the computer goes idle.
It's a free download for Windows, so if you want to streamline your boot process without too many headaches, give this a try.