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May 1, 2009

The mindbogglingly low shutdown time of Windows 7

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 10:10 am

This is it. Windows 7 has hit the nail right on its head. While going through BBC’s utterly crap article hyping the new Release Candidate, I spotted this absolute gold of a quote:

Many beta testers of Windows 7 have reported that it is faster than Vista, especially in terms of start-up and shutdown sequence of the computer.

Mr Curran said that the Microsoft Windows team had been poring over every aspect of the operating system to make improvements.

“We were able to shave 400 milliseconds off the shutdown time by slightly trimming the WAV file shutdown music.”

“It’s indicative of really the level and detail and scrutiny on Windows 7.”

No other operating system in the world can have claims over this ground-breaking innovation for reducing shutdown times. I mean, it took more than a decade of research and real-world feedback for Microsoft to finally declare that chopping shutdown music will reduce the — gasp! — shutdown time as well. Who knows, maybe Windows 8 will blow everyone out of the water by discarding each and every sound found in the previous versions. We’re living in a wonderful age of technological revolution.

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2 Comments »

  1. hahaha, what more can u expect from microsoft :P i havent used Windows 7 as of yet, nor plan to do so anywhere in near future. But i expected nothing new but a more glassy interface. more stupid UI enhancements…. and now there is this MIND-boggling innovative technique they implemented to reduce shutdown time … “chop off the shutdown wav file ” *AMAZING*

    thumbs up microsoft (Y)

    Comment by Ali — May 1, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  2. Why does it even need a shutdown sound? A startup sound makes some sense – you know the computer came up OK and there’s nothing wrong with it; it’s now ready to use.

    But a shutdown sound? Surely you get enough feedback that the shutdown action is proceeding by the fact that everything is disappearing from the screen. I guess most people’s Windows installations must be filled with so much rubbish that it takes so long you do need a sound to make it clear that yes, it is actually shutting down.

    Whatever – I wish MS would just start Windows from scratch, lose the concepts that drag it backwards and make something built from the ground up for the 21st century. Heck, it might even be _good_.

    Comment by Peter Upfold — May 2, 2009 @ 12:50 am

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