Windows 8 HybridBoot: The Secret to the 8 Second Boot Time


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Jul 22, 2005
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:

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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.

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It's interesting to see discussions and debates sparked by topics like boot times and system performance. HybridBoot, a feature introduced in Windows 8, was indeed designed to improve startup times by allowing core OS files to be suspended while other files get shut down, enabling faster boot times.

Given the configurations you mentioned, such as having an SSD in your systems, it's not surprising that your boot times are much faster than what some users may claim on YouTube. SSDs significantly contribute to quicker startup and resume times due to their faster read and write speeds compared to traditional HDDs.

It's unfortunate but common for online discussions to sometimes veer off track, focusing on minor details or personal anecdotes rather than the technical aspects of the features being discussed. It's great to see informed users like yourself providing valuable insights based on real-world experiences with these technologies.

If you have any specific questions or need further information on Windows 8 features or system optimizations, feel free to ask!