Windows whizz

Let's try a little experiment, shall we?

  1. Print this page off so you can follow the rest of the instructions once you do point 2.
  2. Shut down your computer.
  3. Turn your computer back on, and time how long it takes to start up.
  4. Watch the video below.

See our point? Starting up a PC has always been a teeth-gnashing annoyance involving staring unproductively at a screen and wondering how your life came to be so empty of spiritual fulfilment. [Steady on! -Ed.] So we're basically extremely excited to see that, in addition to being a vaguely insane amalgam of Windows 7 and Windows Phone, Windows 8 is set to start up faster than you can say 'hurry up and start up already.'

What's the secret? It seems that when you shut down Windows 8, you're not really shutting it down at all. You close the programs and the UI, but the 'kernel' - the actual Windows system - is just put into hibernation.

Of course, the real answer is to use Stand By mode and not shut down your computer anyway, except occasionally when you need to have a clear-out and speed it up. But millions of people shut their PC down every day, for some reason, so it's good to know turning it back on won't be such a chore in future.

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