The Need for Speed: Microsoft Promises Faster Boot Times on Windows 8

It’s a better, faster boot.

So says Microsoft, which knows the dreaded boot sequence is a critical, much-maligned process that every computer system must perform when first turned on. And, until now, we haven’t seen a version of Windows that could boot up in under 10 seconds. Microsoft’s next operating system, called Windows 8, is expected to release many enhancements. Among them: a shorter boot time.

Before developing this new feature, Microsoft conducted a research and discovered that “57 percent of desktop PC users and 45 percent of laptop users shut down their machines rather than putting them to sleep.” We all tend to do this because we want to save power and keep our computers turned off.

Knowing this, Microsoft started to rethink their operating system  and develop one that could deliver faster boot times (like the sleep/resume function) with a fresh session after you boot and zero watt power when your computer is off (like the hibernation function). This is a perfect combination.

According to Microsoft, when we shut down the Windows 8 platform, the kernel session will hibernate. This means that the computer saves the system state and memory contents into a file (called hiberfil.sys). When we later open the computer, that file will be reloaded and the contents are restored back into memory. The company says this new technique will deliver up to 30-70 percent faster boot times on all systems.

To demonstrate how much faster Windows 8 boot sequence will be, Microsoft also posted this video:

And do stay tuned; more details on Windows 8, which will hopefully include details on the system’s beta and even its release date, are on the agenda at this week’s Build developer conference, a sold-out Microsoft event.

Source: MSDN

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