Microsoft has revealed that it has developed a new way to boost the speed of booting Windows 8 with “a new fast startup mode which is a hybrid of traditional cold boot and resuming from hibernate.”
The announcement came via a blog post in the Building Windows 8 bog on MSDN.com authored by Windows program management director Gabe Aul and posted by Steven Sinofsky Windows Division president.
The new hybrid boot method to be used in Windows 8 shuts down user sessions when shut down is initiated.
However, unlike older operating systems from the Windows maker, the kernel session will be in hibernation for faster loading upon booting up.
In an accompanying video with the blog post on the Building Windows 8 blog, Kernel Platform Group Program Manager Emily Wilson showed a demo of a laptop coming from zero power to up and running in about just 8 seconds.
According to Microsoft, the better method they developed for booting makes Windows 8 boot times 30 to 70 percent faster than older operating systems on “most systems” they’ve tested.