I recently published a commentary/news video listed here about Windows 8 boot times. People have been arguing ever since. One guy even claims he hasn't updated his computer ever since installing Windows 7 to improve his boot time. Too bad he has missed out on stability and reliability updates, including a bazillion security updates. But the fact of the matter is that the Windows 8 feature currently being displayed in this video is HybridBoot, the new feature that will come with Windows 8 which allows core operating system files to be suspended while other files get shut down. Here is an image of the HybridBoot option in one of the latest builds: The system also uses an SSD. My Sandy Bridge i5 with a SATA-3 SSD from crucial doesn't boot in 8 seconds. It comes out of standby in about 2. The same goes for my main tower, which has 6 SATA-2 SSDs in a RAID-0. No 8 second boot. HybridBoot was probably used in the video. It is unfortunate most of the users on YouTube are arguing about nonsense.