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Thanks for posting that Nick - it is hilarious.
there is one situation where the boot time of a PC is important: It affects the public's perception of whether the PC is actually faster, and thus better.
The public at large typically perceives the boot sequence of a computer as the period of time between startup and the first moment they're asked to log in.
Exactly how much time is required for a Windows-based system to start idling down and doing relatively nothing -- the "fully usable" state that Iolo is looking for -- typically varies wildly depending on what drivers are installed, and what startup applications may be running.
How hard would it be to make an o/s that gets to the login screen in a few seconds and then takes another minute to be usable?
That would count as unbelievably fast using the test this article suggests.
MS is well aware of the public perception - that is precisely why there are graphics during the boot process - it seems faster than watching a blank screen.
That is also why the desktop appears before the o/s is fully usable.
The fact is - it depends on your system. Vista boots faster on mine - always has , with sp1, a clean install with sp2, vs clean install of all the different builds of 7 I tried over the past year or so.
You might have a different result. Particularly if you are using a net book.
Hardly surprising. That is what 7 was meant to do. To bring the Vista/NT6 experience to lower spec machines.
Vista was not built with those in mind. On the kind of equipment Vista was intended for - you may see no difference in speed or responsivenes between the two.
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