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Giving the Boot to Windows Boot Wait

Many things can be done while Windows boots. Some are trivial: toe nails clipped, coffee made, restroom runs ran. Other things I'm sure we couldn't talk about here. Let's just say plenty of cribs and jail cells are now plum full thanks to Windows!

Microsoft is now looking to end the waiting game. Windows 8 promises to boot so fast that we'll all have to find another excuse to commit our trespasses or make whoopee. In fact, the OS will load so quickly that you won't even have enough time to hit the F key to invoke the various boot options.

How do the clever engineers in Redmond get around this? You still have a shift key, don't you? Just hit that when you hit the power button. Or you could even do this once the machine is running  -- all your boot options will pop up via the new (but poorly named) Windows recovery environment called WinRE. WinRE does come up when the system fails to launch and can, in fact, do repairs in Safe Mode.

WinRE will also be used to boot Linux, another version of Windows or load from another device such as a thumb drive.

What do you usually do when Windows loads? Confessions heard and Hail Marys given at

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/30/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 Chester

Whenever I read about the machine problems you tech writers have I wonder how you are even qualified to write about technology. You all write about your crap machines and all the problems you have. Anyone with crashes and freezes on their machine has a configuration problem. Probably from something stupid they did or something they loaded, usually incorrectly. The entire ThinkPad line of laptops boot to a login in less than 1 minute. Go buy a new machine since you can't maintain your current machines and stop blaming Microsoft because you’re incapable of managing a computer. PS. Your pile of HP printers are junk because of HP not because of Microsoft!

Fri, Jun 1, 2012

It's funny. Microsoft haters whine all the time about how long it takes Windows to boot. Never do I hear anyone bitch about Android. I could build the Taj Mahal in the time it takes my Evo to start.

Fri, Jun 1, 2012 Chris Bailey United States

My T420 takes about a min to get to login screen and another 15 seconds til I can get to work. My M81 is pretty similar. Windows RE, Windows RT...what's next?

Thu, May 31, 2012

Win7, 8GB, 7200RPM HD, Corei7 on a laptop boots in about 30-45 seconds and usable in another 10 or 15 secs. So total time about 1 min to usablitily. Using MSE for A/V instead of one of the 3rd party prods, seems to have dramatically sped things up as well.

Thu, May 31, 2012 Bruce Maier NYC Transit

I swapped my boot driver for a decent SSD (~500MB/sec R/W). Windows 7 boot is pretty quick - under 10 seconds. The next hurdle is the BIOS reaching POST. Some BIOS are faster than others, and if you have USB disks attached add another 5-10 seconds. So, speeding up the OS load illuminates other delays. (Total time till you can do work is ~22 seconds).

Wed, May 30, 2012 poriland4 TX

I'll put my work boots.......If I reboot after the weekend plugged to the will take 45 min, so I'm leaving the computer disconnected now an it takes 3 minutes

Wed, May 30, 2012 Booger

Pick my nose.

Wed, May 30, 2012 Vic Boudolf Charleston, SC

While windows boots, I start pot of coffee. But once windows boots, and I enter the password, it's not over, so I go back and pour a cup while I wait for things to settle down after logging in.

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