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To end one discussion - quod erat demonstrandum

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    To end one discussion - quod erat demonstrandum


    There was quite some armwaving discussion regarding performance. Somebody even suggested that Windows 8 would boot faster than Mint - of course without data. So I recorded both Windows 8 and Mint. You see for yourself.

    Both systems run in VMware Player so the conditions are the same. For booting you can only count the time from when the OS logo appears to when the desktop (start respectively) comes up. The time before that is the VMware Player time - so to speak the BIOS.

    Last edited by whs; 17 Mar 2013 at 01:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    There was quite some armwaving discussion regarding performance. Somebody even suggested that Windows 8 would boot faster than Mint - of course without data. So I recorded both Windows 8 and Mint. You see for yourself.

    Both systems run in VMware Player so the conditions are the same. For booting you can only count the time from when the OS logo appears to when the desktop (start respectively) comes up. The time before that is the VMware Player time - so to speak the BIOS.

    Gee, the Mint boots so darn fast!
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    Quite impressive. Mint is fast. And yet another excellent production by whs.

    Not sure if playing a virtual machine is the same as a cold boot.
    I removed the names to protect the innocent.

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    What does the Event 100 in Event Viewer say. In the left pane of Event Viewer, drill down through the tree following the path: Applications and Services Logs | Microsoft | Windows | Diagnostics-Performance. Then, in the right pane, double click on Operational. There you find 100.
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    Lots of details there. How Windows calculates event 100 is unclear since it is not a straight line in time.
    Event 100 is time segmented and then there is some form of calculus to define the boot time from an unknown point in time to an unknown point in time. The details page is very specific and contains many data points. The accumulated segments do not represent how long it actually takes for the computer to boot to the start screen.

    Using my phone stop watch, I found cold boot time from pressing the on button to the start screen is 7 seconds. The results of event 100 differ from real time results.
    Do you include the post in the boot time? Is that not controlled by how the motherboard is designed?

    What does this mean?

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    Also from hibernation, what does this mean?

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    I always go by Event 100. But I do not really know what that all includes. How much do the Event 100 numbers differ from the ones you measured.
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    varies between 10 to 13 seconds different from the results of event 100
    approximately 17000ms to 20000ms
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    If I cared enough about cold boot times and Linux, this would interest me.

    But since I sleep/resume every day and use a multitude of programs on Windows, meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    varies between 10 to 13 seconds different from the results of event 100
    approximately 17000ms to 20000ms
    I get 18 seconds for Windows 7. For Windows 8 it is a bit more - but that is probably because it runs in virtual.
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    I've not timed my boot, I do know that from the time I open the lid and press the on button on my Notebook it's fast, the Windows 7 machine is slower but that's a desktop. It doesn't matter to me how fast it is, hubby turns that one on along with his own when he gets up so by the time I've had my coffee and got dressed it's been waiting for me for ages.
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