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Will A Hybrid Boot Reduce The Boot Time in Windows 8?

A so called “hybrid boot” might speed up the startup time after shutting down your Windows 8 PC. Check out all the details after the break.

Windows 8 Hybrid Boot

During the last months (April and May 2011) there were several tantalizing hints about new characteristics of Windows 8, such as the new “hybrid boot” feature. Windows Italia published their analysis of hybrid boot, which was discovered in the leaked Windows 8 build 7850.

Sleep vs. Hibernate

If you don’t properly shut down your system it will go into the boot menu upon re-start, which takes longer and sometimes requires scandisk to rule out any problems. In order to avoid constant re-starts, many people use the hibernate function, which saves RAM contents to the hard drive and then shuts down the power. When they take it out of hibernation the complete startup process is bypassed, saving time. This differs from sleep, which is a power-saving state that the system can be put into, when the PC isn’t in use for a time period. No shutdown takes place.

What is Hybrid Boot?

According to what the Windows Italia cracking team discovered in the 7850 Windows 8 build, hybrid boot will be something like a crossbreed of normal shutdown procedures and hibernation. With hybrid boot, the procedure is basically the same as normal hibernation, except that crucial system processes which are needed to boot up whenever Windows is started are the only elements actually put into hibernation. Think shut down plus hibernate, where systems files are closed but user caches and applications are left open on the hard disk.

How would it Work?

Apparently, hybrid boot will reduce the start-up phase of the operating system significantly. The reports issued by the cracking team say that it was possible to boot Windows 8 up in 20 seconds, although the figures could be influenced by the type of system configuration the team was using. A solid state drive (SSD) or raid configuration would make for much higher boot up speeds anyway. Hybrid boot would be the default method and could be toggled on or off from the control panel. Normal system restarts wouldn’t be influenced by hybrid boot like in normal reboots.

Customize Hybrid Boot: Disabled Or Run Apps In Background

There is speculation on the web that in the actual Windows 8 release that user will have the opportunity to be able to customize the hybrid boot configurations. They could basically choose which applications and services will run in the background or would be disabled at shutdown. Likely Microsoft would impose limits about the kinds and numbers of services users could disable, in order to prevent inexperienced users from disabling crucial or too many services. It does have to be said that there is no definite answer yet whether hybrid boot will even be included in Windows 8.

If hybrid boot will become part of the new Windows 8 operating system it will be another improvement to the platform’s performance overall. By providing quicker, safer, and more streamlined shutdown and startup the user’s PC or laptop will work better and faster. Windows aficionados all over the world are eagerly anticipating the OS’s release.

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Published: Sunday, May 8th, 2011 Last Modified: May 8, 2011

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