Microsoft demos fast boot times in Windows 8

By Shawn Knight · 31 replies
Sep 9, 2011
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  1. If you think your highly-optimized Windows 7 machine running multiple SSDs in RAID0 boots fast, think again. Microsoft has published a new write-up and video on their Building Windows 8…

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    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    good to know that
  3. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    OK this might be the decisive reason to switch to 8.

    Do note that they did not boot the user session, but that is still a pretty quick leap to the welcome screen.
  4. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    this is interesting, i'm sure it stores the kernel on an HDD, however - this all then rides on the quality of your hdd, slow HDD = slower boot times, i'd like to see the specs of the laptop she's using! I'm sure she's got a SSD in there.

    Not looking at spending another $150 on my windows 8 "os" though i'll stick with linux for now. i've got like <10 second boot times anyway.
  5. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    "Most people associate a fast-booting OS with a high-performance machine, and this is often an accurate assumption"

    Dont ever post this again.

    Power users have a lot of software installed, wich requires services or the self programs to be run on startup so this term is really incorrect since most of the startup time its the HDD's and bios fault and not the whole PC'f fault.

    For example i put my Asus Rampage II Extreme, i7 @4.2GHz, 9GB Ram at 1.3GHz and a HDD Sata 2:
    It takes at least 2 mins to fully start all the services and programs i need (and when i said need i really mean it, other non essential apps are executed by a selfmade app after the PC is fully started)

    Now for a "polished-crap" example lets put a mini laptop that i just fixed:
    Atom N455, 1GBDDR3 and Sata 2 HDD
    It only has 7 Home P, Nod32, Office 2010 and the usual software (Messenger and such..); it takes no more than 23 seconds to start.

    So yeah that Atom AA battery calculator is way better than my desktop.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    Would it not be better time spent to AVOID the need for reboot? :giggling:
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    So now, the question of the day... Since they seem to have redefined what a "boot" is, how long does an actual FULL power cycle boot take?

    This new method is great, don't get me wrong, and it reminds me a bit of smartphone booting. You "turn off the phone" but it really just does a form of hibernation, so that when you start it back up, it's a short jump to full operation. However, if you hibernate your kernel, it doesn't fix the crap that might have gotten in there and messed up your system, so a full reset may be needed. And anyone who has had to do a battery pull reset on a Blackberry knows that the actual initial boot process is looooooooooooong. Have to wonder what a comparable situation is for Win8?
  8. We have seen some drastic improvements over the years from Microsoft for faster booting. Windows 7 is far better than Windows XP in booting and shut down time. Hoping Windows 8 to be far more superior. Still there will be some dependencies.
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  9. pgbsamurai

    pgbsamurai TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Yes this will make the boot faster, but I see problems if there is not a way to do a full shutdown. Often times you reboot because you want your kernel to be completely reloaded. That is the reason a reboot will fix a lot of issues. Not to mention the fact that I still have yet to see sleep and hibernate modes consistently work correctly in any version of Windows. My faith in Microsoft in this regard is not high.
  10. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Point taken. :D
  11. @cota, I don't see how you can make that comparison. If you installed all of your start-up programs onto the laptop, it would take much longer than the PC to boot up, which is what he was saying.
  12. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I'd recommend reading the article, they actually talk about most of the comments that everyone is making. Cold boot times will be better than windows 7 but they don't specify by how much. It seems like a slight improvement.

    As for the other posters, they said in the article that they were using a SSD for that video.

    They also said there will be ways to initiate a cold boot manually and that whenever you hit the restart button your computer will cold boot. As well, if you turn off hibernation then your system will always cold boot.
  13. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    nvm i was drunk and misread it :p, but the idea stands
  14. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Now, see, I read the article, and the source blog linked, and not once in any of it did I see an actual reference to a Windows8 cold boot being faster than a Windows7 cold boot. Hence, my original post. I just read the article and linked blog again, even watched the video, and still no reference to Win8 cold booting faster than 7. So, either I'm completely missing that statement (which I will gladly own up to if you can show me where it is), or you've got information that isn't in that linked blog...

    Either way, your info answers my question - I was picturing super fast smart booting, but ungodly slow cold booting. Nice to know that 8 will actually improve on 7's already improved cold boot times.
  15. I love watching these little arguments over nothing.
  16. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    "Boot work is mostly owned by our Kernel Platform Group, but a number of teams came together in Windows 8 to make changes across the OS to support this new mode, plus other exciting boot changes that we’ll talk about very soon..."

    On top of them saying that they wanted to do more than just incremental updates to the boot process. I guess that particular one requires reading between the lines but it seems they have some other small changes in effect. I have experienced the blackberry cold boot and I'm sure it won't be anything like that. It takes eons.
  17. Windows loads fast on an SSD? Mind is blown.
  18. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    we need to become light speed on F8 lol
  19. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    So hibernate is obsolete now. Neat.
  20. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Not necessarily. That depends on what "power user" means. In my case, I'm considered a power user -- because I know my software well. But I only uses a few programs, and I never have them automatically start at login.

    When I open Cubase, I have already checked for the latest OS updates, installed them first, and only then do I get to my software. Sometimes I do a full disk defragmentation or cleanup. At other times I may spend a few minutes ensuring that my various plug-ins are all up-to-date.

    Some people might find my way of doing things frustrating, or simply a waste of time. That may be true, but it is my way of doing things. And I've been using the same computer for over two years, without having it serviced once. Plus, I've managed to create at least one album's worth of music, some video editing, and some other music that I produced for a friend of mine.

    That should tell anyone that I have enough of an idea of how to use my computer and my software properly. I may or may not be a "power user" -- but blanket statements like "Power users have [insert viewpoint here]" seem controversial at best.
  21. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Possibly. But I prefer to shut my system down entirely at the end of the day. I come from a time when you shut EVERYTHING down in the recording studio before reopening it the next day. This was done to prevent shortouts, equipment failure, and "ghosts" and "goblins" from destroying the day's work.

    I'm not alone, but these days it seems as though so many more of us are leaving their computers on all-the-time. I have few problems waking up in the morning, starting up, working for a bit, and then shutting things down. Yes, I know -- creativity and blah blah blah. But I've never lost a musical idea because I wasn't next to my computer. (Some might say that it's a darned good thing that I DID lose certain musical ideas... others have said that it didn't matter that I remembered ANY of my musical ideas... people can be really mean sometimes...)


    But anyway. The point is that we ARE just having a discussion. I, for one, enjoy talking about the minutiae of boot times. Man, this is what I LOVE about TechSpot! It's like coming home all over again.

    - S
  22. linnyrick

    linnyrick TS Rookie

    I always hibernate and I use IE8 with windowa XP on a desltop. It is very fast to open IE.I do a cold start evey so often so as to remove any doubt about using hibernation.
    I am new to Tech and I want to say hello to everyone!
  23. linnyrick

    linnyrick TS Rookie

    One day I will learn how to spell or correct errors .
  24. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Hey -- welcome to TechSpot. I'm not new to tech per se, but I'm still pretty new around here on this site.

    I am intrigued by what you wrote. I was talking to my dad earlier today about hibernation. I'm not sure of this, but I think that there IS a catch to all of this somewhere. I think that it depends upon what you use your system to do. My work requires a lot of memory and a lot of system resources, all directed toward one specific thing -- namely, producing music.

    But I might give it a whirl to see how things go. And don't worry about spelling errors -- since we can't edit comments in stories like we can in the forums, I've gotten used to ocasinlally lveaing some tpoys in here...


    - S
  25. To Cota

    WOW, that is a long time to boot. Too bad that you have to use Windows.

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