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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Wake from sleep?
by darknexus on Fri 9th Sep 2011 19:48 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

I seriously doubt they've got boot times down to two seconds, as that's all my Windows 7 netbook takes to wake from sleep (aka standby). I think what was meant was waking from hibernate, not sleep. I don't get the boot time obsession in either case. My netbook takes a whopping 15 seconds to boot. Wow, that's just, like, so very much time to wait. I hardly reboot the thing anyway, when I'm done with it I just close the lid and let it sleep. When I need it again, I flip open the lid and it's back, so long as I've still got battery power in it anyway. And yes, this netbook has a mechanical hd, not an ssd. If I can already boot the thing in 15 seconds, I really don't see why boot times are so important. It's not a super-tweaked version of Windows, though I did install Ultimate and get rid of Starter.

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RE: Wake from sleep?
by Jaktar on Fri 9th Sep 2011 20:19 in reply to "Wake from sleep?"
Jaktar Member since:
2011-06-03

It's important because Android and Apple would use it as a selling point if theirs was better. From what I've been able to read, this also will affect the length of time to shutdown the machine and will increase battery life. It's full of win.

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RE: Wake from sleep?
by Lennie on Fri 9th Sep 2011 20:34 in reply to "Wake from sleep?"
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2007-09-22

As I understand it, they save the state of all the hardware detection and services. So they seperate the initialization of the hardware in 2 parts ? Instead of searching for hardware, they just initialize it ?

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RE[2]: Wake from sleep?
by bogomipz on Fri 9th Sep 2011 21:41 in reply to "RE: Wake from sleep?"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

Yes, that's how I read it as well. It should mean you only need full reboot after changing hardware or drivers ;)

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RE[2]: Wake from sleep?
by darknexus on Fri 9th Sep 2011 22:22 in reply to "RE: Wake from sleep?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

As I understand it, they save the state of all the hardware detection and services. So they seperate the initialization of the hardware in 2 parts ? Instead of searching for hardware, they just initialize it ?


Oh, I hope not. That's fine and dandy on a tablet, but not on a desktop or netbook. Some laptop and netbook vendors tried this, they call it fastboot or quickboot or some other variant on that name. Do you know how many support calls I've gotten when that thing fails to initialize the new ram people install? You'd be amazed how many people think they know what they're doing and then don't bother to check the quickboot setting (you have to reset it so it can rescan the hardware). But hey, I guess it'll keep people like me in business. :-)

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RE: Wake from sleep?
by Neolander on Fri 9th Sep 2011 22:18 in reply to "Wake from sleep?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, if you have to use sleep instead of proper shutdowns, I guess it shows why boot times matter.

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RE[2]: Wake from sleep?
by vodoomoth on Sat 10th Sep 2011 07:59 in reply to "RE: Wake from sleep?"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Not really. I use Vista and although shutdowns and cold starts are significantly long (3 to 5 minutes in total depending on whether there is an anti-virus running or not), hibernate/resume is also pretty long (around 2 minutes, sometimes more). For me, the main interest in hibernate compared to full shutdown is that work sessions are carried through several days or weeks.

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