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Speeding Up the System Boot
With the exception of Windows Vista, the boot speed has improved with every
version of Windows. With modern hardware and the right configuration, your
Windows 8 PC can boot up within seconds.
This chapter shows you some tips and tweaks you can use to improve the
boot performance further. It also shows you how to focus on reducing the
workload put on your hardware and ways to improve the reading of data from
your storage device.
Working with the BIOS
Every personal computer has a system BIOS (basic input/output system), which
is what takes control of your computer the moment you turn it on. The screen
that you first see when you turn on your computer is called the power on
selftest , better known as the POST screen . If you purchased your computer from
one of the major computer manufacturers, this screen is often hidden by the
manufacturer’s logo. To get rid of this logo from the screen, just press the Esc
button on your keyboard; you’ll then see what is going on in the background.
At this stage in the system boot, the BIOS is probing the hardware to test the
system memory and other device connections. After the POST has completed,
the BIOS proceeds to look for a device to boot from. When it finds your boot
drive, it begins to load Windows.