Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Sep 2011 15:17 UTC
Windows More news on Windows 8. This time around, Gabe Aul, a director of program management in Windows, blogged about the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 8's boot process. The results are impressive - a boot time not much slower than waking from sleep on current Windows 7 and Mac OS X machines. This is, of course, a vital component of getting Windows NT ready for tablets.
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ummm ... hibernate?
by kristoph on Fri 9th Sep 2011 18:06 UTC
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

All their doing here is making shutdown the equivalent of a partial hibernate.

No doubt they will now have ...

- Sleep
- Hibernate
- Shut Down
- Shut Down and Reset

So what will happen here is that most installs will still do a reset and require a 'full' restart and the only time you really get this 'fast' boot is when you shut down your computer for the night and restart it in the morning.

It also looks like the address space of services is restored so problematic memory gobbling services won't get reset in a regular restart.

Edited 2011-09-09 18:12 UTC

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RE: ummm ... hibernate?
by Moochman on Sun 11th Sep 2011 16:21 in reply to "ummm ... hibernate?"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly. And this gets at the primary issue with Windows 7 (and Windows Vista before it): regardless of how fast the OS is "in use", when you have to wait between 10 and 60 minutes for it to update itself every few days, when all you want to do is turn it on (or off) and start (stop) working, all that theoretical speed is negated from the end-user perspective. This is one of the reasons people love the iPad (and to a lesser extent, the Mac)--it's generally hassle-free, while updates are fast, easy, not forced down your throat while you're trying to work, and most important, few and far-between. Turning on/off a computer, starting the task you want to start, whatever it may be, should not be an ordeal, it should be instant, like an appliance, like a TV. As long as Microsoft fails to understand this, Windows will continue to lose market share to all manner of competitors, iOS and Android included.

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RE[2]: ummm ... hibernate?
by Moochman on Sun 11th Sep 2011 16:28 in reply to "RE: ummm ... hibernate?"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh, and don't get me started on driver installation. Why is it that on Mac and Linux, you can plug in any old mouse, any old keyboard, any old thumb drive, any old memory card reader, (almost) any old printer or camera, and it instantly "just works" while on Windows it takes at least 30 seconds for the first time plugging in each new device, sometimes even multiple times per device depending on which USB port you plug it into!

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RE[2]: ummm ... hibernate?
by Moochman on Sun 11th Sep 2011 19:27 in reply to "RE: ummm ... hibernate?"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Not sure why these comments were voted down... I speak from experience, that I'm sure many have shared... whatever, seems pretty obvious that there are some MS astroturfers roaming the lands...

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60 minute updates?
by zlynx on Mon 12th Sep 2011 16:56 in reply to "RE: ummm ... hibernate?"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

60 minutes for updates? Even 10 minutes is horribly long.

You should get an SSD. I think the longest Windows 7 update process I've experienced since going SSD is 3 minutes.

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