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Lenovo Tweaking Windows 7 Boot Time Speed

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Windows 7 to load up to 56 percent faster than XP/Vista.

Many of us here leave our computers on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do it because we simply need to have some tasks always running (and we have the compulsive need to know whenever a new email comes in). But for those users who are energy efficient and shut off their computers when they're done using them, the issue of boot times is somewhat important.

No one wants to hit the power button on their computer and have to wait minutes before he or she can click on anything.

Lenovo knows that, and boasts that its ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops will boot Windows 7 up to 56 percent faster compared to running Windows XP or Vista, and shuts down in as little as five seconds.

The Idea line of Lenovo computers will also see a performance boost, though not to the same degree as the Think line. Idea PCs will boot up to 33 percent faster and shutdown 50 percent faster than identical configuration, non-optimized PCs even while still initializing things such as anti-virus software.

Lenovo calls its tweaks the "Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience," which are composed of optimized system files, processes and hardware settings and achieve quicker boot and shutdown compared with non-optimized PCs.

“To achieve Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification, Lenovo’s technical team and developers have worked with Microsoft during the making of Windows 7 to create an exceptionally-engineered hardware and software experience,” said Fran O’Sullivan, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo.  “Advances in PC technology are giving users even better tools to increase their personal productivity at work, and this Enhanced Experience certification lets customers know that our Think PCs are optimized for business.”   

Last week, Phoenix Technologies, makers of the popular BIOS, demonstrated a new fast-boot BIOS that goes through the POST phase in around one second. The shorter boot time allowed Windows to load almost immediately, shaving down the time to desktop considerably. The Phoenix BIOS was demonstrated on a ThinkPad T400s, so perhaps that technology is making it into the Windows 7-equipped new PCs from Lenovo.

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    burnley14 , October 1, 2009 11:15 PM
    Wow, this would be fantastic. It's the little things that make it worthwhile . . . :) 
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    burnley14 , October 1, 2009 11:15 PM
    Wow, this would be fantastic. It's the little things that make it worthwhile . . . :) 
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    bliq , October 1, 2009 11:42 PM
    I understand this could be competitive advantage but I think Lenovo and MS should share what they learn and MS should incorporate the changes into its software ASAP.
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    Shadow703793 , October 1, 2009 11:49 PM
    Why shutdown at all? Just go to stand by/suspend if you want to save energy (just make sure you save your work, as a power outage could KO all the info).
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    ubernoobie , October 1, 2009 11:52 PM
    but on my fresh installed slim down xp boots in 2 seconds not including post time :( 
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    XD_dued , October 2, 2009 12:02 AM
    Meh, i don't have any problem with waiting, turn it on, go do something a lil while and come back...not that i have to wait very long with my velociraptor ;) 
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    wildwell , October 2, 2009 12:14 AM
    Can anyone see Windows 7 booting from an SSD? Yeah yeah!
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    Manos , October 2, 2009 12:20 AM
    Yeah, I dont turn my PC off for the past 7 years I think now. So the times that I have to restart my PC i need to be infront of it so faster reboot is really a good thing.
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    frozenlead , October 2, 2009 12:33 AM
    Nah. Someone will figure out how they did it and reverse-engineer it for the rest of us.
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    beehew , October 2, 2009 12:40 AM
    Windows 7 boots up super fast on my machine that I built. Yay!
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    Supertrek32 , October 2, 2009 1:51 AM
    I'm glad they're moving toward faster boots, but it doesn't really help me. I just put my computer into standby instead. 3 second "boot" time... and I'm on an ancient P4 system.
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    geoffs , October 2, 2009 3:22 AM
    Lenovo Tweaking Windows 7 Boot Time Speed
    time speed???? Tweaking the boot time, or tweaking the boot speed, but "time speed".

    Ok, I'm done playing grammar police for now.
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    ptroen , October 2, 2009 4:51 AM
    I wouldn't even worry about the competitive advantage. These things tend to pop up among competitors in no time in the PC Industry
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    hakesterman , October 2, 2009 5:24 AM
    First off one user said his PC Boots up in two seconds, ok now come out of your dream. I agree with oneuser who said goto standby mode, i use that durring the day and it works great.

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    Atticah , October 2, 2009 6:10 AM
    Asus Express Gate ftw
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    ravewulf , October 2, 2009 6:34 AM
    bliqI understand this could be competitive advantage but I think Lenovo and MS should share what they learn and MS should incorporate the changes into its software ASAP.

    It's not that simple. What they did was optimize it for those specific sets of hardware. To get the benefits on other systems you would have to completely re-optimize for whatever the hardware config is. It would be very time consuming to do that for all the possible configurations and would take up more space on install discs (and possibly on the hard drive) to store all the tweaks for the hardware combinations.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2009 7:20 AM
    I would like to know what optimizations are made, so we can do them ourselves. Detective Tom S Hardware go find out please.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2009 7:24 AM
    Okay but the problem with standby is that data is still residing in volatile memory which requires a constant electrical charge. Therefore, standby is not as energy efficient as a full shut down. In a home environment, one machine on standby is no big deal, but in the workplace multiple machines that are constantly on or in standby still suck considerable juice and raise that electricity bill. And going back to the memory issue. If there's a power failure of any kind, anything in volatile memory like unsaved documents or open programs and their data files, it's toast. That doesn't really fly with the business market that Lenovo is so deeply involved in. Standby simply is not the same as a fully shut down machine, that's why it's called standy and not shutdown. So on that note, any optimization that can improve time-to-live from a cold stop will go a long way to convincing people (especially businesses that run their computers 24/7) to shut down and save some power.
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    amnotanoobie , October 2, 2009 8:22 AM
    What I want to know is, 56% of what? If it was taking 2 minutes, initially, then it is an improvement, but I wish it could be better.
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    anamaniac , October 2, 2009 9:35 AM
    My old 80GB drive and Pentium D booted Win7 in 1 minute.
    My i7 with a nice new 7200rpm Samsung F1 1TB boots in about 1 minute...

    Anyways, good for laptops, but for desktop users (as myself), we don't turn our systems off. ^_^
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2009 10:30 AM
    I go to "standby" mode on my desktop PC:
    -almost instantaneous restart
    -same power consumption than when it's off ! (actually in when "off" my Watt-meter says that it consumes 30W...)
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