Windows 8 Boots Fast… Really Fast! [Video]


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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. If you’re not familiar with hibernation, we’re effectively saving the system state and memory contents to a file on disk (hiberfil.sys) and then reading that back in on resume and restoring contents back to memory. 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). [SOURCE]

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24 Responses to Windows 8 Boots Fast… Really Fast! [Video]

  1. boot time isnt much of an issue. its processes that hang the sys, or bog it out that are more problematic.

    So will the initial install of WinWebApps8 install with a hibernation image for an expedient initial boot, or must one be created first?

    side note: Might just be me/my luck, but I’ve only have hibernate work right once, and that was with a stripped down fresh install.

    • are you talking about Windows 7? hibernate wouldn't work properly for me the first few times (which are only the times I forgot to plug my laptop in, I normally use sleep mode) it would stop at a black screen with the blinking underscore. but now it works properly. must have been an update. also does anyone else have a slight pause in the start-up animation? not anything big, but I've noticed it.

    • power/$$ conscious here. I shut down my computers, and kill the power strip when I’m going to be away for more than a hour or two. leaving them running even in standby is still sucking juice.

      ever extra dollar spent on utilities is one dollar less in booze.

  2. First: this is probably a 3 core i5 processor of the next generation.
    Secondly I HATE low contrast font… does ANYBODY know how I can change that pleasaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  3. Doesn't sound like anything "advanced". Nor anything worth mentioning. Windows 7, and older versions, write DATA files to the HDD all the time, to decrease load time. Really nothing new.

  4. ^ yeah. that's probably a clean install. wait till you put all your files on that thing, then install some programs, build up various chunks of cached data, oh and then the service packs! pf. my laptop boots Windows 7 in about a minute and a half, that's really slow. but it's a 4 year old basic one. then I log in and wait about 20 more seconds for everything to load up properly. when it used to have vista, that extra wait time was about another minute and a half.

    • gah. so I was gonna say…
      it's not really such a bother. I have it in sleep mode most of the time, just reboot occasionally. press the power button, go get some coffee or do something else, come back and log in.

      • You don't get the damn point! :-) Instead of having loads of Integers, Chars, floating points, and whatnot loaded into the Memory and taking up TREMENDOUS amounts of space(Considering that we are talking Drivers..), you save these DATA to the HDD in a String form. While one Assembly flag is positive, you jump to your code, saving load time, MASSES of load time.

  5. LOL it didn't finish booting, it just gave a menu. never saw the full desktop. never saw what processes were STILL LOADING when the menu came up. I never did see the desktop/wallpaper. What a joke. Yet more M$ garbage.

    • That was it. In Win8 you have the option of using their new interface which doesn't have the standard desktop and loads a bunch of widgets which you see in this video.

  6. Great idea! Too bad it's not in a real world setting, and there aren't a ton of security patches and service packs installed over top of it.

    I remember how XP was going to boot sooooo much faster than ME. Then Vista was supposed to be blazingly fast compared to XP. Then Vista…. well we won't even go there. Next was 7's speed increase over Vista. After 8 there will be 9 that will be touted as speedy compared to 8.