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The Real Quality Boot Time of 8 Verses 7

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    The Real Quality Boot Time of 8 Verses 7


    Hello All. I like 8 for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is the Start Screen for what I call at-a-glance personal information via organized live tiles, which I can view at once upon logging in. I use my Live account to log onto my PC, so all of my cloud accounts (3 email accounts, people, IM, & calendar), weather app, and news/sports apps, are synced upon logging in. It takes about 3 seconds after the Start Screen appears that I see that this is performed because the live tiles start to scroll.

    - The email live tile starts scrolling through new emails that I recieved with who sent it, the subject line, and a few beginning words of the message body.
    - The 4 (cities) weather app tiles adjust to current temps, conditions, high/low day temps, and a exclamation point if the be a weather alert for any of the 4 cities.
    - 3 news apps and 1 sports news apps tiles scrolling with headlines.
    - The photo app tile scrolls with pics in my pic library folders.
    - My Bing app tile starts to scroll with the day's most-searched-for, which they call Trending and featured home page pic.
    - A note app with a live tile so as to see my notes.
    - I have an app called Star Chart and that tile starts scrolling upcoming cosmological events.
    - The finance app tile scrolls stock exchanges conditions and top story headlines.

    Surely a lot of info that takes me roughly 20 seconds to watch and read the live tiles. I can then decide what I want to proceed with next.

    I dual boot 7 Ultimate with 8 Enterprise Evaluation. So, to be fair, I decided that if 8 gives me all this info so quickly that I thought I'd set up 7 with start programs that would give me this info. Firstly, I found that it was impossible to do, for I'd have to open up:

    - 3 seperate instances of WLM to view all the new emails I recieved from each of the 3 accounts. Each to open with the inbox folder to see new emails.
    - 4 seperate instances of my weather gadget configured to view all 4 of the cities.
    - 6 gadgets or 6 seperate instances of IE with pages open to Bing home, 3 news home pages, 1 sports home page, and 1 finance/stocks news home page.
    - I can't get the Star Chart app for 7, so let's say another seperate instance of IE to open to a Cosmology site page.
    - Notepad for notes, of which I have configured already
    - A pictures gadget or desktop background app flipping through my pics.

    OK, so I can't possibly configure all that, so I opted just to have WLM, one instance of IE with Bing home page, my Notepad, and my 5 gadgets that I already use. I use CoreTemp, which opens and let's say that makes up for all the rest I can't configure to open. Also, I can't configure these to open in organized (rows & columns) in minimized windows with being able to see the info I'm after in each window. It won't be organized like the Start Screen is, that's for sure!

    I performed this taking timing averages of 3 boots each, from the BIOS screen appearing to the last bit of info, which is WLM in 7 for it's configured to automatically sign in and download emails. That is the last bit of info that appears.

    Boot times:

    7 with all configured to open upon boot -> 2 minutes and 43 seconds. This is not including the time I would have to take looking for the info in the program's windows.

    8 with all the lives tiles described at the left of the screen of my 19-inch monitor -> 44 seconds. The 3 seconds for tiles to update is included.

    Also, don't forget that I don't have to open a Start Menu and search for something, for it's in front of me open already. I realize one may have a Taskbar and/or desktop shortcuts to use, but more times than not I'm checking my email first, so all I do is push enter, for my email tile is #1 on my screen.

    Now I ask you -> What's far faster to give me the info I desire? What's more organized? What's more convenient? What's better?
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 30 May 2013 at 13:35.

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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Now I ask you -> What's far faster to give me the info I desire? What's more organized? What's more convenient? What's better?
    Mmmm don't know - can you give us a hint?
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    U.S.P.S. ?
    are you using SATA or SSD ?
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    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    One problem I have with Windows 8 that I do not have with Windows 7 on my laptops is an occasional delay in activation of my touchpad driver options. Sometimes in Windows 8, it takes 30 seconds or so, after apparently having successfully logged in, for my settings to activate. For example, I turn off the touch-to-click option. But when booting up and logging into Windows 8, a touch will perform a click at first until the driver settings finally engage. This is very peculiar behavior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    U.S.P.S. ?
    No, I don't use the postal service here. They're too slow as well! Not sure what you mean by U.S.P.S.

    are you using SATA or SSD ?
    SATA is a bus interface. I'm assuming you mean what type of drive since you asked SSD. A Seagate spinner.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    This is exactly how I would describe Windows 8's Start Screen. There isn't a loss of windows, those windows from that tradition Desktop transformed into smaller windows where you can peer through them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    This is exactly how I would describe Windows 8's Start Screen. There isn't a loss of windows, those windows from that tradition Desktop transformed into smaller windows where you can peer through them.
    That's a good way of looking at it.

    I like the description I heard in a video that the Start Screen is like a "House built out of the internet".
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    HippsieGypsie▬ I asked about hdd because I have 8 on SSD and wondering if I'll still get good responses with SATA on other pc. Looks like I will.
    I was just being sarcastic with USPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    HippsieGypsie▬ I asked about hdd because I have 8 on SSD and wondering if I'll still get good responses with SATA on other pc. Looks like I will.
    I was just being sarcastic with USPS
    I would imagine one gets a slightly better response out of a HDD verses a spinner. I've been thinking about getting one.

    LOL! I get the sarcasm of USPS now. The mail crawl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    HippsieGypsie▬ I asked about hdd because I have 8 on SSD and wondering if I'll still get good responses with SATA on other pc. Looks like I will.
    I was just being sarcastic with USPS
    I would imagine one gets a slightly better response out of a HDD verses a spinner. I've been thinking about getting one.

    LOL! I get the sarcasm of USPS now. The mail crawl.
    Hi Tony, yes, if you get a SSD you don't need to worry about the boot time or overall response in any OS.
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