Computer boot time is a concern to many but not all users. Some do not seem to care if a computer boots up for a minute or more while others leave their computers on to avoid having to boot it again at a later point in time.
I like to power on the computer in the morning for instance, and then go and make a coffee while the computer boots. Your experience may vary, as several factors play a role in the time it takes to boot a computer system.
One of the things that is extending the boot time of modern computer systems is the computer bios.
It can take up to ten seconds for the Bios to load hardware devices (like hard drives, computer memory or disk drives) before the operating system can start loading the files needed to boot the operating system.
Phoenix has developed a new technology that they call Phoenix Instant Boot. The new technology cuts down the time it takes for the Bios to initialize everything to one second. It is based on UEFI, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which Intel developed back in 2005.
The improvement in boot time is achieved by loading devices and processes that are needed to load the operating system simultaneously. Take a look at the following video that has been posted to YouTube that showcases the boot time.
The notebook used in the demonstration video was powered by a high-performance solid state disk. It took about ten seconds to boot into Windows 7. Phoenix picked a fast device for the demonstration but improved boot performance may be experienced on slower devices as well.
While boot time is not the only thing that counts, it is nice to see some progress in the area. It is even possible, according to Phoenix, that some hardware manufacturers will offer Bios upgrades that incorporate the technology.
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