Well, it seems that this system may boot even faster than 12 or so seconds. I found out that Win8 installed in the older MBR mode and not the newer GPT partition(s) install which is part of the EFI interface. Opinions vary as to the desirability and boot speed increases of a GPT boot but now that I have found out how to get it to install in UEFI mode I’ll give it a go. Also have an SSD on the way with R/W speeds of 520 to 550 MB/s. This is double the current SATAII drives I’m using, although the Car-PC already has one of these faster SSD installed. I’m hoping for a second or so gain in boot speed alone with the faster SSD.
Another reason for using this Mini ITX motherboard in my Home PC is to test the stability of the FE SW, hardware and Vehicle interface and utility SW on this system before upgrading the CAR-PC (if at all). If the cold boot times are around 10 seconds or so and remain constant then I can forget about Sleep and Hibernate. Meaning Hibernate as it is now, Win8 fast boot is a much modified, smaller and faster version of Hibernate. Dropping Sleep could make for a simpler installation, at least in my case anyway.
BTW I see a lot of hate directed towards switching between the Desktop and Metro Start screens. Once I removed the metro apps I don’t use and moved the remaining to the right of screen, I found that by placing my most used program shortcuts here is actually better then the old Start menu and shortcuts cluttering the desktop. One push of the window key flips between the two, so I’m actually starting to like what you can do with it.