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Windows 7 start-ups slashed by several seconds

Microsoft promises faster boot & shutdown times

Microsoft has promised that its next desktop operating system, Windows 7, will use less memory and power than Windows Vista, while slashing start-up and shutdown times.

Senior Microsoft executives said during a keynote speech at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) that boot times will be cut by several seconds as Windows 7 will load device drivers in parallel rather than one-by-one. Furthermore, the number of services that load at start up will be reduced.

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Improvements in Windows 7's memory utilisation will be made by "letting the video card do its job so we don't have to manage" the windows, said Windows Core Operating System division, Jon DeVaan.

DeVaan also claimed that battery life would improve by at least 11 percent following improvements to the Windows kernel which will allow the CPU to run at a lower frequency, and to stay idle for longer.

DeVaan also promised developers "reliable pre-release builds". The pre-release code will allow developers to "do the dirty work and also have the confidence that when we say we will ship Windows 7 on a certain date, you'll believe us".

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