Sunday, August 19, 2012

Windows 8 Pro RTM Bootup

I remember Microsoft promising near instantaneous bootup times back from Windows XP days. But we all know how they didn’t live up their promises – especially when your installation got few days old. Microsoft is promising the same thing again. Let’s see what happens this time.
Just captured a video showing how fast a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro (RTM) boots up on my PC. BTW, fast start is disabled because I don’t feel like having a 10GB+ hiberfil.sys (12.7GB in fact in my PC) on the SSD just to shave off a couple of seconds from the boot up time. I’m sure with fast start enabled, I can do better.
Note: Fast start only kicks in if you shutdown the PC, and hit the start button again. Directly restarting from Windows does not give better restart times.


Enabling or disabling fast start

Here is where you enable or disable fast start. Only if you have hibernation enabled, you can enable or disable fast boot option.
In case you don’t know how to enable or disable hibernation, use the following commands in the elevated command prompt.
To enable hibernation:
powercfg –h on
To disable hibernation:
powercfg –h off

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