Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Sep 2008 08:55 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows A common topic of discussion in the Windows world - in fact, in any operating system - is boot performance. Many systems take a long time to reach a usable desktop from the moment the power switch is pressed, and this can be quite annoying if it takes too long. In a post on the Engineering 7 blog, Michael Fortin, lead engineer of Microsoft's Fundamentals/Core Operating System Group, explains what Microsoft is doing to make Windows 7 boot faster.
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RE[4]: faster boot - why?
by null_pointer_us on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 01:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: faster boot - why?"
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What you said about the fans staying on during sleep would indicate the sleep mode being used is S1, not S3. Checking the BIOS may yield an option for you. Unfortunately, some BIOS's do not provide such an option. There's also the frustrating possibility that some components in your PC aren't compatible with S3 sleep. I deeply dislike it when that happens...

The fancy new "green" features on hardware (i.e. hybrid SLI) is all well and good, but I'd rather hardware manufacturers cracked down on the driver teams to make the drivers compatible with existing stuff like sleep/hibernate. There's so much wasted potential in energy savings (not to mention energy bills, which will change consumer minds quickly). Many PCs are kept always-on simply because sleep modes have so many compatiblity problems.

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