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If you are jealous of one of those brand new fast boot laptops, want to get one for yourself but don’t have that kind of money, well there is some good news as Microsoft has released information showing Windows 8’s new super speedy boot times which will boot in an absolutely speedy 8 seconds.
Microsoft released a new post on their building Windows 8 blog, the director of program management for Windows, Gabe Aul said that the new OS has a “fast start-up mode which is a hybrid of traditional cold boot and resuming from hibernate.”
Within the post Gabe also noted what Microsoft wants to do with their new mission:
“Our challenge then, was to design a way to meet all of these desires on today’s PCs without requiring some special new hardware. These were our goals:
- Effectively zero watt power draw when off
- A fresh session after boot
- Very fast times between pressing the power button and being able to use the PC.”
“Now here’s the key difference for Windows 8: as in Windows 7, we close the user sessions, but instead of closing the kernel session, we hibernate it. Compared to a full hibernate, which includes a lot of memory pages in use by apps, session 0 hibernation data is much smaller, which takes substantially less time to write to disk.
Using this technique with boot gives us a significant advantage for boot times, since reading the hiberfile in and reinitializing drivers is much faster on most systems (30-70% faster on most systems we’ve tested).”
The fast boot option is defiantly a reason for my to upgrade to Windows 8 as soon as it is released and personally I cannot for it I just hope Microsoft don’t charge through the earth for it and as long as it is backwards compatible I will certainly buy it for my current PC and Laptop.