As any SSD owner can tell you, fast boot times are a wonderful thing! Except for, well, when they're not. Microsoft's been working hard at reducing the boot times in Windows 8 and to hear them tell it, your home screen pops up so fast that there simply isn't enough time to mash on the trusty ol' F2 or F8 if you need to muck around in the BIOS or enter Safe Mode. Rather than shrugging their shoulders and leaving users to press a key in a 200ms window, Microsoft instead created a new "Boot Options" menu.
Intel recently introduced an SSD caching technology called Smart Response Technology (SRT) with its Z68 Express chipset to help improve system boot times and speed up application startup. But the problem with SRT is that despite being a software-based solution, it is tied to the Z68 chipset. Fortunately, Diskeeper has developed an alternative that is not encumbered by such artificial restrictions. Called ExpressCache, the technology was recently on show at Computex. Hit the jump to see Diskeeper’s ExpressCache software in action.
Phoenix is working on the latest in BIOS technology and what have they got to show for it? They can boot a Windows 7 computer in less than 10 seconds, and post in just under 1.5 seconds.
The new technology called UEFI has been a long time coming, but it looks to be worth the wait. Steve Jones, chief scientist at Promise, showed off the new BIOS at IDF this week. He booted up a Lenovo T400 that made it to the Windows 7 desktop in less than 10 seconds. They also retrofitted a Dell Adamo that got there in under 20 seconds.
The guys at Engadget caught it all on video. Check it out after the jump.
This year's edition of WinHEC, which has already demonstrated Windows 7's digital goodness with Device Stage, has more good news about Microsoft's next desktop operating system:
Longer battery life
Faster boot times
As Maximum PC.com readers know, better hardware support has been a major goal of Windows 7 right from the start, and it looks as if Windows 7, even in its pre-beta stage, is making impressive strides.
Engadget has posted a video from WinHEC that shows a Windows 7 machine providing energy savings equivalent to an extra hour of DVD playback: you won't have to worry about running out of power before the movie ends, and you'll even have enough juice for a special feature or two.
WinHEC also featured Microsoft exec Jon DeVaan, the Senior Vice President in charge of Core Operating System Division, performing a "boot drag race" pitting identical machines running Windows 7 and Windows Vista: Windows 7 won by several seconds. It's part of DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky's keynote address, which you can see at the WinHEC virtual pressroom.
To find out who else is seeing the improvements in Windows 7, join us after the jump.