Windows 8: Boot your machine near-instantly

July 23, 2010

Microsoft seems to be putting a premium on improving the start times in Windows 8.

A March 2010 Windows Planning Survey polled 545 customers about 21 user activities, and found that starting the computer tops the list when it comes to ‘highest importance/lowest satisfaction in terms of speed and performance’.

Mean boot times have decreased from 40 seconds to 27 seconds from Windows Vista to Windows 7, according to the slides, but Microsoft wants greater improvement.

“Boot performance is getting better but it is not ‘instant on'”, as one slide says.

Technologies in development could cut boot time in half, Microsoft’s planning slides suggest. Windows 8 may also include a “new off state combining the best of hibernate with a boot/shutdown look and feel”.

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  • I am running Windows 7 – 32bit, i want to know, If I load the 64bit, would I need to do changes to how programs work that now work on the 32bit, Would I have problems with 32bit programs like being unable to use them?
    i am planning to reformat my os and try the 64bit, but I'm not sure if it is a good choice because of the programs and games I have!
    Do you have any advice to share with me?


    Robin De Charnay

    Robin De Charnay August 25, 2010 4:18 am Reply
    • you have to consider a couple of main aspects. 64 bit is better if you have more than 4gb of ram. also 16 bit tasks can not be run in 64 bit os. 32 bit tasks can be run but the os emulates them, so it can sometimes eat your hardware resources. most recent apps work normally, some apps are optimized for 64bit like photoshop or after effects (adobe programs). if you are a normal user that uses the computer for surfing the web, mails, office programs and basic stuff, you wont see any difference on the speed if thats what u are looking for. if you are media entusiast, video editor, 3d designer, there will be some advantage. im not an expert at this but i dont think there will be too much problem for you. i have 64 bit instalation and the only problems ive had so far is with some video codecs.

      Guest April 24, 2011 12:48 am Reply
  • Easy access from one point all Windows Essentials

    Jimmy August 27, 2010 4:28 pm Reply
  • Something people tend to forget is that boot times also depend on your bios, so this will probably be something which only people with new computers will be able to take advantage of when windows 8 is released.

    xinu March 16, 2011 2:38 pm Reply

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