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Windows 7: Boot up time - what's the big deal

07 May 2009   #1
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 
Boot up time - what's the big deal

Hi all
One thing I really can't understand is the apparent obsession with the boot up times.

There seem to be a lot of people to whom this appears to be the only thing that matters -- how fast can I boot up the machine.

Providing it's not hideously long -- who really cares so long as the OS is up and running AND USEABLE as soon as you've logged on and got your desktop screen.

(BTW on the old IBM mainframe systems "Boot Up" or IPL -- Initial Program Load as it was called) would often take between 15 and 30 mins (yes minutes -- not seconds) before users could logon and start running their applications). Once up and running however performance (generally assuming a non overloaded system) was fine.

VISTA (at least pre SP1) did have problems on a lot of systems by having a huge amount of disk activity making the system seemingly unuseable for often several minutes even after your desktop appeared. This is far more frustrating for users --seeing a screen ready for use but not being able to do anything than waitying a few more seconds after boot before the desktop appears.

Once the desktop appears you want to be able to work straight away.

The actual speed and operation of W7 IMO is far more important than whether it's bootable in 20 secs or so. -- How often do most people say at work boot their computers up anyway -- a lot of people leave them on for a week just "Locking" them at night before they go home.

Long shutdown times are more of a problem --this would indicate something is either wrong or long running (probably unnecessary) processes are still running.

The fast and smooth operation of the OS is far far more important --so far W7 seems to be passing THIS test with flying colours --and that's without doing any tinkering either.

Cheers
jimbo


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07 May 2009   #2
raj11650

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 

(off topic comparision)

its something similar how fast a car can acheive

0-100mph in secs!!! (shows power of the engine)

but i guess boot time should be checked only after fresh installation with no applications installed!!!
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07 May 2009   #3
MrE

windows 7 7057 x86
 
 

I feel it is quite important as i hate waiting around for the system to start.

I'm currently running the new 7100 x64, I found build 7000 was faster on the boot.
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07 May 2009   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote:
One thing I really can't understand is the apparent obsession with the boot up times.

There seem to be a lot of people to whom this appears to be the only thing that matters -- how fast can I boot up the machine.

Providing it's not hideously long -- who really cares so long as the OS is up and running AND USEABLE as soon as you've logged on and got your desktop screen.
Because it's fun.
ReBoot Time
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07 May 2009   #5
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Because it's fun.
ReBoot Time
Probaly the Correct answer.

However when "rolling out" W7 to our "Users" this won't be particularly important given the current level of hardware they have to work (or suffer) with currently.

Cheers
jimbo
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