Boot Windows 7 in 10 seconds
Despite years of advancements, slow boot times remain a thorn in modern computing’s side, but a new BIOS implementation could change that.
At this year’s IDF show, Phoenix has been starting up Windows 7-based computers in 10 to 20 seconds, showing off its Instant Boot BIOS. The product is based on technology from UEFI, a joint effort by personal computer companies to modernize the booting process.
BIOS isn’t the only factor in boot times, but it’s a significant one, typically adding 5 to 10 seconds to any start-up, by Laptop Magazine’s estimate. That’s because the BIOS has to turn on everything, from the CPU to the hard drives, before the operating system can begin to load. Instant Boot BIOS, by comparison, loads in about a second.
When paired with an optimized Windows 7 start-up feature on PCs unencumbered with bloatware, a Lenovo T400s with a solid state drive loaded in 10 seconds, according to Laptop Magazine. Engadget reports that a Dell Adamo loaded in less than 20 seconds. Granted, these computers were running in ideal conditions, but even the difference between 30 seconds and 40 seconds can feel like an eternity sometimes.
Phoenix is offering the Instant Boot BIOS to computer manufacturers, who could either offer it in new computers or add it to existing ones through a firmware upgrade. It’s not clear whether consumers will have to pay extra for the feature — perhaps manufacturers will find the technology more worthwhile as a marketing point.
Sure, this may not be instant-on computing, but it’s a start.
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Hopefully it can be made available as a flashable upgrade to those that want it and not needing a full brand new motherboard to be bought just to get it.
I would pay around £15 for this upgrade. (i.e ~$25 for all those reading in the US)
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- Posted on: 25 Sep 09 14:18
If I leave the PC for a while, I just put it in standby. For my laptop & netbook, I use hibernate, which takes just a few seconds to come out of.
I did install an SSD recently in my desktop and for what I wanted it for (fast application loading and heavy multitasking), it does a great job here.
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ms win os(i use xp pro) has packed so much(fat b/c of the system design; compared to more effecient modular system design of linux os,and mac/unix); eg, the complex ms os design requires more mem and storag; i have learned some methods (optimization tweaks, ap substitutions, uninstall or delete the not used) to clean up after the install, to make startup and run faster, though so much u have to be cautious or could mess up; note, learned to change habits as laptop user; eg, i turned off start up of skype w/ start up(point being dont have on until u rdy to use; helps w/ battery,cpu use/ heat issues). next step for me, learn how to custom install. ths adequate enough for improved start up.
newer laptops now have options of ssd, which were described being more durable drive; didn't hear about start up being slow for ssd, thx for the input.
ths bios upgrade for sys7 appears being once again added hype, as part of the ms win os design complex. why i said hype, eg,
b/c time used learning/doing methods for tweaking and optimizing ms os to function, why not learn/use linux(easier option). for me, i dont have to diet, though my laptop pc is about to start healthy diet: dual partition w/ linux, yes.
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