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Windows 8 to Focus on Faster Boot Times, Logins

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Microsoft is looking to Apple for some inspiration on the user experience.

Windows 7 is the here and now, and we're liking it. If you ask Microsoft about what's next, it'll say that Windows 7 SP1 is will be the next step, it's happening later this year. But what we really want to know about is what the real next step is, and that's Windows 8.

Leaked onto the internet and now spread through many news sites is a presentation deck on Windows 8. Microsoft Kitchen successfully nabbed most of them and are now keeping them online for all to see. The information contained is mostly high-level and conceptual, likely dating back to even before Windows 7's retail release – but it's still very interesting to see what Microsoft's goals and inspirations are for Windows 8.

One that might irk the fanboy base is that Microsoft is taking a page from Apple in how the Mac maker is able to keep its customers so loyal and satisfied.

Another big goal for Windows 8 is instant-on, cutting down on the wait between powering on and the user being able to access the information or functionality that he or she is waiting for. This includes both faster boot times and faster resume from sleep.

One method to speed up boot time is to move from a traditional shutdown state to a logoff + hibernate. Microsoft wants this to feel like a regular shutdown, but it uses hibernation methods to cache most of the core system, such as drivers and system services. Microsoft estimates that this could cut boot times in half.

The login process will be simplified too, especially for those who aren't fond of using passwords to get into Windows. If there is a webcam present, the system will use that in conjunction with facial recognition software to log the user in without a password.

Another new development (which we assume won't be used in conjunction with the facial login) is user accounts being stored in the cloud. This could potentially mean that a user's bookmarks and Windows settings could be stored remotely at Microsoft and could be consistent even on other people's computers. Right now the data demands would be too high to have all user data stored in the cloud, but this could be the first step in Microsoft's desire to make Windows more user-centric and less machine-centric.

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    arl4nj0i , June 29, 2010 11:38 AM
    make us proud microsoft. still, 2012 is a long wait but i don't mind.
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    Lmeow , June 29, 2010 12:54 PM
    The best way to speed up boot up times for Windows would be to include an SSD with each Windows 8 license. ^^
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    wa1 , June 29, 2010 11:24 AM
    I hope the title would come true... :) 
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  • 17 Hide
    wa1 , June 29, 2010 11:24 AM
    I hope the title would come true... :) 
  • 21 Hide
    arl4nj0i , June 29, 2010 11:38 AM
    make us proud microsoft. still, 2012 is a long wait but i don't mind.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 11:55 AM
    i very hope MS will deliver properly it & not some half baked product
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 12:02 PM
    do we really want our PC's to have an "appliance feel" though? Im all for faster boot up but not if it means I have to treat my PC like a toaster... one button to control them all.

    I also hope you can turn off the facial recognition stuff too... knowing microsoft they will cooperate with the government and datamine your facial details and if you download music or movies have you arrested anywhere in the world (and hey if you have an Iphone they'll know exactly where you are!)
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    feeddagoat , June 29, 2010 12:04 PM
    ASUS express gate is fantastic for quick boots from cold. Something like that where you can choose what to boot up first and get on with things while windows boots up everything else. Personally I don't like leaving my PC plugged in due to power surges in the area so never use standby. Already lost quite a few electronics to them.
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    jgutz2006 , June 29, 2010 12:04 PM
    awestome! windows takes 3 seconds to boot, too bad the workstation BIOS that i have takes about 90 seconds to get to the point where windows can take over and whiz into action....
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 12:06 PM
    Looking forward to it. It seems like MS is finally getting it. To make the OS user-centric, because, after all, it's all about the experience.
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    back_by_demand , June 29, 2010 12:09 PM
    Only time will tell but I agree with one of the above statements that POST is longer than the Windows startup.
    On my system I press the power button and sit for an excruciating 30 seconds whilst the POST kicks in, then after the iceage comes and goes the Windows bootup is a speedy 10 seconds.
    So, seeing as the POST is nothing to do with the version of Windows you have I have a 10 second boot, if they can halve that I will be a happy bunny.
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    Drag0nR1der , June 29, 2010 12:24 PM
    jgutz2006awestome! windows takes 3 seconds to boot, too bad the workstation BIOS that i have takes about 90 seconds to get to the point where windows can take over and whiz into action....


    My experience exactly... it's the bios slowing me down now. My laptop, with vista, boots up way faster, because it's bios is just a lot quicker to get to the windows boot, even though vista loads slightly slower than my win 7 on my main pc
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    Darkerson , June 29, 2010 12:45 PM
    Pretty neat overall. I wonder how many of these concepts and ideas will make it into the final product.
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    Lmeow , June 29, 2010 12:54 PM
    The best way to speed up boot up times for Windows would be to include an SSD with each Windows 8 license. ^^
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    rantoc , June 29, 2010 12:55 PM
    Win 7 boot times arent bad at all unless you try to boot in on a substandard computer limited by io-system/cpu and or memory. Bios post times is one of the purchase factors when considering a MB, i just hope the MB makers start to realise that they can add value to their boards.

    Still recall the older bioses who didn't force autodetect on a zillion different devices like the ones today, you could disable the auto detection in most cases and "scan" them manualy once and in return get post time almost halved. Fewer and fewer bioses actually support this behavior sadly!
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    balister , June 29, 2010 1:00 PM
    I hope that they finally get rid of using a FAT for partitions and go with a DB like they had talked about doing with Vista. HDs and SSDs are beyond the point now where a FAT makes little sense to use for locating information on the drive.
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    annymmo , June 29, 2010 1:10 PM
    Quote:
    Another new development (which we assume won't be used in conjunction with the facial login) is user accounts being stored in the cloud. This could potentially mean that a user's bookmarks and Windows settings could be stored remotely at Microsoft and could be consistent even on other people's computers. Right now the data demands would be too high to have all user data stored in the cloud, but this could be the first step in Microsoft's desire to make Windows more user-centric and less machine-centric.


    This is a first step to making everything subscription based.
    Continuous stream of money, just like MMO games.
    This is highly unethical for basic platforms and essential software layers.
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    tolham , June 29, 2010 1:18 PM
    what i really want microsoft to do with windows is cut the bloat. i don't want or need useless bells and whistles to run automatically at start up.

    also, i want the ability to lock the registry and the boot manager. i dont want a program to be able to set itself to run at startup without my permission, and when it wants to add or change a registry key, i should know about it and have the option to approve or deny the change. by keeping track of the registry keys that programs add/change, windows could delete/undo these during the uninstallation for a clean wipe.
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    randomizer , June 29, 2010 1:44 PM
    So they're not improving the boot time, because it's not actually booting. It's resuming with an "innovative" logout feature. Sucks if your hardware doesn't properly support hibernation, and certainly sucks if you have an SSD and alot of RAM. That's going to cause alot of excess writes every time you "shut down."
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    whitecrowro , June 29, 2010 1:44 PM
    not so much NDA coverage...
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