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Windows 7: Something like Fast Boot for Windows 7?

11 Apr 2016   #1
MrMii Win 7

Windows 7 Professional x64 (SP1)
 
 
Something like Fast Boot for Windows 7?

I'm aware that Windows 8.x and 10 have the Fast Boot feature where the session is stored within "hiberfile.sys" and read from to dramatically speed up boot, but is there a way to have something like that for Windows 7 without grabbing an SSD or messing with msconfig? (If I make a file called hyberfile.sys, will that work? Jk) If this has been asked before I apologize.


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11 Apr 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Fast start is hibernation.
Any default balanced power plan is the same thing.
That and using clean boot.
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11 Apr 2016   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

With Win 7 you can use Hibernate and/or Sleep.
The difference is you would not normally turn off the PC, you would use Sleep or Hibernate rather than shutdown.
With Hibernate or Sleep when you "restart" the PC later, it will restore the previous Windows session.

I've been using Hybrid Sleep for many years reliably with Win 7.
Hybrid Sleep does both a Sleep (save to RAM) and Hibernate (save to hiberfil file) when the PC sleeps.
If the power goes out while sleeping and the Sleep/RAM session is lost, Hibernate kicks in and restores the session.

Some people don't like to use sleep/hibernate and prefer to do a shutdown/restart.

With Legacy hardware i can wake from Sleep in a matter of seconds, with my previous Windows session, including all open/running programs.

I don't believe there is a one size fits all answer.
You would need to test Hibernate and Sleep to see what works best for you.

To enable Hibernate and create the hiberfil.sys file use this command from an elevated command prompt:
powercfg -h on

To use Hybrid sleep you need to use Control Panel / Power Options / Change plan settings / Change advanced power settings
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11 Apr 2016   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Fast Boot in Windows 8 and later is a hybrid between hibernation and a normal shutdown - startup. In this the kernel goes into hibernation while the user session does a normal shutdown. During startup the kernel is brought out of hibernation by loading it from hiberfil.sys while the user session does a normal startup. While relatively simple to describe the details are very complex and mostly undocumented. This is not something that can be done by a third party. Only Microsoft could add this and that isn't going to happen for Windows 7.
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26 Apr 2016   #5
MrMii Win 7

Windows 7 Professional x64 (SP1)
 
 

Using Hybrid Sleep causes unnecessary CPU heat rises, it usually idled at 82 F, but hasn't idled at less than 90+ since I first used hybrid sleep, even after many restarts. Though it does cause almost instant start up xD
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26 Apr 2016   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Check your Power Options / Processor power management settings.
Here is an example (default settings for me).

Something like Fast Boot for Windows 7?-poweroptions.png


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26 Apr 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep on a performance power plan the minimum processor state is 100%.
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28 Apr 2016   #8
MrMii Win 7

Windows 7 Professional x64 (SP1)
 
 

Unless I manually changed the minimum processor state for high, mine is set at 5%


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28 Apr 2016   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I imagine you did
Restore the defaults for the power plan it should be 100%
Otherwise they would have to rename it to balanced
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29 Apr 2016   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't understand why using Hybrid Sleep would cause a temperature change.
If you are using the High Performance plan, try the Balanced plan.

You can use Sleep and/or Hibernation without using Hybrid Sleep, so you could test that.
Win 7 Hybrid Sleep just does both when going to sleep.

You could also check your voltages with each "configuration", to see if they are different.
More voltage = more heat.

Are the PC/fans/vents clean of dust ?
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