Hi Tanzanos.. Just posted this in another thtread, but I guess it agrees with some of your views? These are taken on my test, medium performance, computer. Dual boot with Windows 7 boot manager, to avoid the deliberate delay in booting Windows 7, with the Windows 8 boot manager. The start up, so raved about, is to the point where the HD stops activity. (A little while after the Metro appears) I am not claiming these as authorative benchmarking .- just my own tests, out of curiosity. To my regret, I do not get the incredible claims which I am constantly reading in forums. Windows 7 Windows 8 Start-up (Bios to useable desktop/Metro inc Internet connectionan cessation of HD activity.). 43 secs 41.5 secs Open IE to Google 1.2 secs 1.1 secs Open IE to webpage 4.4 secs 4.2 secs Open LIve Mail (No Mail tocollect, inc Live login) 5.2 secs 5.4 secs Paint 1.0 secs 1.2 secs Control Panel . 2 secs . 4 secs But, there is a small move forward, which might improve with the RTM. Nothing there, though, that I am getting excited about!