I would have to agree completely, Windows 8 is much better in the boot-up time than Windows 7. And Windows 7 is pretty quick so at least Windows 8 has that going for it..
Why is boot time so important? Is this all that Win 8 has to offer? To people who use their PCs for work and they usually only switch on their PCs once a day; Boot time is the least of their worries. The problem is that windows 8 is not designed for the professional but for people oriented towards the multimedia and smartphone mentality. As a professional I will stay clear away from Win 8!I would have to agree completely, Windows 8 is much better in the boot-up time than Windows 7. And Windows 7 is pretty quick so at least Windows 8 has that going for it..
I agree about the startup! My XP is very very fast at booting (less than 1 minute) while my win 7 is slow (4 minutes). I have done all that is possible to make win 7 as fast at booting as it used to be but to no avail. Perhaps win 8 boots fast now but will slow down as more software is installed? I don't know although I suspect that indeed win 8 is faster! Time will tell.IF, all things are fairly 'equal' the 'illusion' is there because Win8, actually, is faster. Due to its differing technology it will be.
If the 2 systems have roughly the same 'load' on them, on the same hardware, Windows 8 will be faster. Also, recommend not having programs enabled to be running @ Startup. The less there is of that, the faster bootup will be.
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Yes Windows 8 boots fast, no it is not that great of a thing and here is why.
1. When updates come out my Windows 8 system has to reboot much more often for some reason.
(Windows 8 boots 3 times to Windows 7 boots 2 times to a update)
2. Windows 8 is very picky about drivers so after it boots then it loads some drivers then hangs. i.e. No video or sound.
(Window 7 indicates a problem while booting while Windows 8 gives no clue as to what the problem is)
3. Windows 8 concept of booting is in bad need of debugging before being shoved out the door to the public.
(Even brand new systems designed for Windows 8 will crash after a update and drivers no longer respond.)
I do like the Windows 8 in speed on other things but slow IE 10 and drivers are a huge issue today.
Faster boot time does not make up for these issues.
It sounds like you got off on the wrong foot with Windows 8. Regarding your reboot on update issue: Microsoft only publishes updates once a month, so suck it up buttercup. I'm sure the extra boot isn't the difference between life and death. Your second point, it sounds like you're talking about the BSOD? That's still present in Windows 8, but as with every iteration of Windows, you have to disable automatic restart on system failure in order to see the message. I've had Windows 8 since even before the first public beta and never once experienced a crash on boot (at least not one that was my own fault ).