Faster Boot Time in Windows 8

Windows 8 will have a boot time of less than 2 seconds. From survey, Microsoft showed that lot of PC users prefer to shut down Windows completely than putting their PCs into sleep or hibernation mode. It might have something to do with people’s preference of totally shutting down their PCs, so that no power is consumed.

Three major aims that Microsoft worked on for improving boot time was:

  • Zero watt power effectively to be used when system is switched off.
  • Fresh user session must be there after every boot.
  • Time gap between pressing power button and using the PC should be the minimum.


Windows 8 Boot Time

How Does Windows 8 Boots Faster

In Windows 8, instead of closing both user and kernel session while hibernating like in earlier versions of Windows, here the kernel session is saved and kept in a ‘hiber file’ which is much smaller as compared to the usual way to save both the sessions.

Hence as compared to the full hibernation mode, which takes a huge amount of memory pages, reading a small size hiber file and reinitializing drivers is much quicker. The size of hiber file is typically 75% of physical RAM available.

In a multi core system, the task of reading the hiber file can be done in parallel. Driver files are re-initialized in the fast reboot mode. Users can also choose to do a cold reboot for freshening up the device and drivers.

Microsoft is claiming that the boot time is 30-70% faster as compared to most systems.

Also check out other features of Windows 8, including, Windows 8 App Store.

Here is a quick video about Windows 8 Boot Time:

7 Responses to “Faster Boot Time in Windows 8”

  1. February 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  2. February 23, 2012 at 12:58 am #

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  3. February 23, 2012 at 6:38 am #

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  4. February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Thank you so much for this great article. Great work!

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    July 17, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    well this turned out to be a Microsoft spewing BS


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