Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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Be advised Werecatf that the "faster boot" is an ugly hack that could cause problems down the line. The way it works is it does NOT actually do a clean boot but instead loads the kernel and userland in a hibernate file at the front of the drive and from what I've seen unless you pull the plug or battery it doesn't do a full RAM flush either, but instead does more of a hybrid sleep kinda thing.

While that's true, it's still much cleaner than hibernation, as most users practice it. That's because the user session is logged out before the system is hibernated for hybrid boot.

It's been my experience that full restarts are rarely necessary to clear state. People just do it habitually, but logoff-logon will usually do the trick.

Also note that many driver changes and Windows Updates will still trigger a full reboot. Thus, they're not throwing away clean boots entirely. They're just reducing the frequency to roughly once per month.

No telling what those extra I/Os are gonna do as far as wear and tear if you go SSD either.

Practically nothing. There's no write amplification from the sector size mismatch, because the hibernation file is written sequentially in one large block.

In any case, SSD "range anxiety" has long ago been debunked as exaggerated. If you're running a transactional database for a web server, then you should worry about SSD lifetime. If you're just using a computer as a normal user -- or even a power user -- then you have little to worry about.

Thus far, the track record of SSDs suggests that they're much more likely to suffer a controller failure or experience a firmware glitch than hit the flash lifetime.

Worrying about flash lifetime is like driving to the airport and worrying about dying in a plane crash. The drive is more dangerous than the airplane ride.

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