Microsoft Demos Windows 8 Booting in Just 8 Seconds

Microsoft is feeling the need for speed. Ahead of next week’s BUILD conference, the company has released a video showing Windows 8 loading in a zippy 8 seconds.  According to Microsoft’s “Building Windows 8″ blog, 57 percent of PC users and 45 percent of laptop users are turning off their systems, while everyone else uses sleep or hibernation mode. Wanting to cut down on the inordinate waiting period, Microsoft created a hybrid system combining processes from hibernation mode and cold boot. 

The new system saves the Windows kernel session into a small hibernation file upon shutdown. The smaller hibernation file doesn’t use as much memory as a normal hibernation and Windows 8′s new multi-threaded boot support speeds things up even further with a faster data read. With this new shutdown version, Microsoft is hoping to hit three basic goals (“effectively zero watt power draw when off,  a fresh session after boot, and very fast times between pressing the power button and being able to use the PC”) while appealing to both types of users. 

But don’t just take our word for it, check out Windows 8 in action:

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  1. myron Says:

    i bet the damn thing was in resume mode

  2. i told u so.com Says:

    huh how do you put a PC in resume mode with no battery in it, and not plugged into a outlet? Not a very smart statement huh smh.

  3. Yo mommma Says:

    Ummm

    Hibernate doesn’t require a battery or power dummy.

  4. Chiaoi Says:

    Yeah~ and if it shall take more than 8 seconds it’s my fault right? Oh, no! It’s the PC manufactures’ fault, also third party software developers who didn’t sign up with Microsoft. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Windows OS is still the best multitool sitting on my desk other than my SAKs. But seriously, Geez! really.

  5. Excited Says:

    I can’t wait! I hope there will be plenty of hardware choices available to leverage all of the touch interface technology.

  6. Allen Says:

    This video is bogus, if you watch her between 30-34 seconds they cut the clip.

  7. JimK Says:

    Most new unfragmented PC boot pretty fast. If this is a consistent thing over time, those are more impressive improvements to me that that blocky metro UI

  8. Bob Says:

    Linux — Been there, done that… Legitimately. No hibernate tricks.

  9. csam18 Says:

    “57 percent of PC users and 45 percent of laptop users are turning off their systems, while everyone else uses sleep or hibernation mode. Wanting to cut down on the inordinate waiting period, Microsoft created a hybrid system combining processes from hibernation mode and cold boot. ”

    There, now shut your naysayer face and learn to read myron.

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