Windows 8 ultra fast cold boot preview
Rather than closing both the user session and the kernel session like in a traditional shutdown, Windows 8 will preserve the kernel session on the disk, thus creating a "hiberfile" that's much smaller than that of the usual Windows hibernation -- see the diagram after the break for a clearer idea. The result? An amazingly fast system bootup -- even with the battery removed to begin with -- that claims to be 30 to 70 percent faster than most systems tested by Microsoft.
Looks promising. What was it, 3 secs? I could live with 3x that, no problem...Too bad my bios still will take longer. Why do we still need bios (the way it is now?)? We should be able to save the last hardware configuration and skip detection altogether, unless you press f1 or whatever. Initialize all saved hardware and pass on to the OS.