Lenovo PCs Boot to Windows 7 56% Faster than XP, Vista
- Posted: Oct 01, 2009 at 11:22AM
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Lenovo, makers of the ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, is claiming a significant improvement in the boot times of their new Windows 7 PCs. How significant? Up to 56% faster, the company reports. According to the press release, these enhancements are a part of a new feature called the “Lenovo Enhanced Experience,” which not only improves the boot up process, but also allows the system to shut down in as little as 5 seconds, too. In order to accomplish this feat, Lenovo says they’ve optimized “system files, processes and hardware settings.”
That sounds a little vague, to be honest, but ComputerWorld has more of the nitty-gritty details on exactly how this was accomplished. According to Howard Locker, director of new technology at Lenovo, the company took the following steps:
However, analyst Jack Gold was cited in the same article as saying that while this work has led to improvements in the start up/shut down, other computer manufacturers including HP, Toshiba, and Dell had taken similar measures. In other words, it’s not clear that Lenovo has actually done more work or if they’re just marketing themselves better.
In any event, it’s the consumer who wins here. If indeed all major manufacturers have taken strides to address the lagging boot times in Windows, then all those new Windows 7 PCs are going to seem extra speedy, no matter which vendor you end up buying from.