Windows 8 goes from boot-up to browsing before Mac OS can even show the log-in screen (video)

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen.

We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years.

I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops.



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVCPX3TQVDUVSO2XUWTQTO2BTE Julian

    OK nice, but this MacBook is old!

    • Lerimer

      That MacBook is old, but has roughly the same specs as that Acer. So even though is old, their equal in power.

    • Anonymous

      Looks also like it’s the old PowerPC version, which would make the overall OS slow garbage. And we don’t know what version of OSX that is either. Could be Tiger for all we know.

      No doubt that Win8 would still smoke a Mac in bootup, but still. It’s not exactly a fair comparison. Do a real test. It’s not just about hardware specs, but if the OS is meant to play nicely with that hardware.

      Do one with a MacBook Air running Snow Leopard & a Win8 device with the same specs.

      • guest

        do you recognize the login-screen?

        • Anonymous

          As “guest” suggested, the MacBook is running Lion a.k.a. Mac OS X 10.7, which is the latest stable version. I’m 200% sure about this because of the login screen

  • http://twitter.com/wheelerk2011 Kevin Wheeler

    I’m getting 12 second boots with Windows 8 on my Dell Inspiron Duo…it has a Atom processor.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. 12 seconds on an EEE Slate EP-121

      • Oakraven13

        Kevin, any luck getting the accelerometer working on the Duo? I installed the dev-preview on mine and, while it works well, I would like to use it in portrait mode.  I tried the Windows 7 Ctrl+Alt+Arrow trick to get it to switch to no avail.

        • Oakraven13

          I solved it, used a little freeware app called iRotate. Works like a charm.

      • Oakraven13

        Kevin, any luck getting the accelerometer working on the Duo? I installed the dev-preview on mine and, while it works well, I would like to use it in portrait mode.  I tried the Windows 7 Ctrl+Alt+Arrow trick to get it to switch to no avail.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think its a fair competition. Looks like acer is kept in hybernate mode without shutting down completely. Because in other videos, the win. 8 does not seem to be as fast as we see in this video. Cannot trust this video. Next time apple will show their new Mac and do the same thing like somebody did here for windows.

    • Monkey D Black

      thats just how fast it is, but think about it. it windows comes out of hibernation mode in a matter of a seconds

    • Smith

      You need to do more research and see more videos I guess.

      I installed it on My desktop and laptopn and believe it or not it is that fast! Even faster than what you see in this viedo.

      No hybernate and etc. Yes, It boot this fast!

  • Monkey D Black

    I really want non touch to die out from windows PCs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715591433 Barry Allott

    Owned

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715591433 Barry Allott

    I am a professional coder, and I will NOT be using the metro interface, but this really is the FUTURE… imagine familes. all they do is IE, facebook and word.  all they need is an All in one comp with  touch interface and then they can go as they please, and they WONT press the wrong thing as the WRONG thing is not there.

    THIS IS THE FUTURE< people are complaining cos apple did not come up with this first

    • Petethebit

      I guess you havent used Lion.
      BTW, the Metro Interface is what IOS is for Mac OS.
      All sceptics were trash talking IOS and its interface just a few years later MS to come up with exactly same concept for their Metro Interface.
      iPAD and IOS do axactly what the Metro Interface does. Let people surf the web, check emails, watch movies, play some games and that is in a notebook size device with battery life of 10 hours… lets see how efficient this Metro Interface really is…

  • Chillipower Uk

    Wow that’s great, but it’s a slightly pointless test, no details or specs anywhere. Anyway, more importantly OSX rarely needs a full reboot and can stay running for months (years?) so even if it’s took minutes to boot, who’d actually care that much? Would trade boot time for reliability, stability and security any time :)

    • David

      So you are trying so hard to say OSX has reliability, stability and security and etc. and Windows 7 or 8 doesn’t. Right?

      Well you faild Apple fan!

      I last 2 years i never had to restart my Windows 7 because of reliability, stability and security issues. Only rebooted my system whe new updates were availablle for OS.

      And never had any kind of spyware, malware, virus on it.

      I don’t even remember the last time I reboot my PC.

      Whenever yoy guy see that you are so behind it is pointless feature or test. But if you have it (or copy it from others) then it is agical and innovation.

      So yeah you ahd a pointless comment.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

        I agree, they seem to have fixed that issue with 7, also it doesn’t slow down over time like xp did always

        • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

          That was solved by the very improved proactive, yet silent management of the registry and disk defragmentation in W7. I have yet to see any W7 machine to get over 30% of fragmentation or have a completely screwed and fragmented registry. That is what slows and screws up a XP installation over time, unless well maintained of course.

          W7 also got a more useful automatic issue resolver than vista.  

    • John

      My sister got mac last year tought it’s cool and reliability, stability thing you mentioned but have to say it was a big mistake.

      Her mac freeze many times and has to reboot and so many other other problems all the time. And now she wants to get Windows PC again as soon as she can and sell that crap she got last year.

      So don’t talk about reliability, stability and security in mac because thats is complete BS to me when we saw it in real life and deal with it everyday in her mac.

      • http://www.mikebeas.com Mike Beasley

        Whatever you saw sure wasn’t the norm, much like the people claiming above that their PCs are reliable. Those are exceptions to the rule. My Mac has only had one issue (the screen got cracked somehow) and has never had any other problems. In fact, I’ve never seen anything as serious as what you’re describing EVER, and I see a ton of Macs all the time. It’s all my family uses and all we’ll ever use. On the other hand, I see the things you’re describing happen to PCs on a regular basis.

        • Peter

          Whatever you see is not norm with Windows 7 PCs as well. Still I have to see any of those problem on Windows 7 systems and I didn’t so far and I work with so many PCs at work at home running Windows 7. al coonected and wrong smoothly and fast and no problem all this time.

          If you are caliming John situation is not normal I have to say I saw few macs like that myself also. XP yes I see those problems but windows 7 no.

          And even if thats not normal what John said still it is bug and problem with a mac computer. So there is no such a thing as reliability, stability for mac as well. ou have to admit that even macs have problems ad if you don’t then I have nothing else to say to you because you have no logic and perhaps just another one of those Apple fanbois.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

          I have 3 Windows 7 PCs (a convertible tablet, a super-powered gaming desktop, and an old desktop I use as a media center connected to my TV) and I’ve never had any issues whatsoever with any of them. I went something like 6 months between reboots on my main desktop, and when I did reboot it was only because I decided I should finally install the updates that had been waiting to install for months…

          I also have a 2 year old MBP. First day I got it I had several apps freeze, then the whole OS went crazy and refused to restart. My experience has been relatively smooth since the first days’ hiccup, but I still have app crashes and random restarts now and then.

          In my experience Mac OS is about as stable as a fresh (read non-malware ridden) XP install (the difference being in XP, things tend to go wrong pretty quickly), but it doesn’t hold a candle to Windows 7.

      • http://www.mikebeas.com Mike Beasley

        Whatever you saw sure wasn’t the norm, much like the people claiming above that their PCs are reliable. Those are exceptions to the rule. My Mac has only had one issue (the screen got cracked somehow) and has never had any other problems. In fact, I’ve never seen anything as serious as what you’re describing EVER, and I see a ton of Macs all the time. It’s all my family uses and all we’ll ever use. On the other hand, I see the things you’re describing happen to PCs on a regular basis.

  • Tim Sears

    I just timed it, and my 2011 Macbook Air (13″ 1.8 i7) on Lion (obviously) can boot in 15 seconds flat.

  • Techdevtodo

    I feel apart from fast booting, I would like to see restart option removed from Windows 8 whenever an app is installed.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      You don’t have to restart a Windows computer when a program installs.  Maybe sometimes when they change system files or something, but that’s really it.

  • http://blog.wekeroad.com robconery

    Clever. Take a 4-5 year old Macbook Pro (no SSD) and pit it against a Netbook that boots from Hibernation. Nicely done. 

    • Guest

      there is no hibernation on windows 8 yet.  and the Asus doesn’t have a SSD either, so you’re an idiot.  do your research before your make yourself look like an @$$.

      • http://twitter.com/thekevinkrotz Kevin Krotz

        You’re the idiot. For a real test to be given, a newer Mac would have to be booted. And the mac would have to not have ANYthing installed or stored on the hard drive. 

        The tablet most likely has not had anything loaded on it other than some TINY metro apps. There’s no way that the tablet has anywhere near the amount of stuff that the macbook has loaded on it.

      • http://blog.wekeroad.com robconery

        Hibernation is built-in and yes, the Asus has an SSD. Gotta love the comments on this post – I think I’ve wandered into the dark side of the Microsoft Fattening Pens…

        • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

          What ASUS? It is an Acer!!! :P

  • Friendly User

    Do people realize this is a 5 year old Mac?

  • http://overhackit.com/windows-8-simulator-gives-valuable-insight-into-windows-8-tablet/ ryan

    does that count the time spent in BIOS before even starting to load Windows?
     

    i didn’t think so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

      Yes it does. You see him it the power slider. You thought wrong…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

      Yes it does. You see him it the power slider. You thought wrong…

  • Greg

    Steve Jobs explained during the Lion keynote why Apple choose not to put touch screens in their laptop (this was in the spring). Win 8 touch features will be great for tablets.

  • http://www.mikebeas.com Mike Beasley

    Apple’s not losing anything to Windows 8. For people who like doing normal things that involve an actual user interface, Mac OS X will always be here for them. Tiles on a tablet? OK, sure, go with that. Tiles on a desktop PC? Are you out of your freaking mind? Fast? OK, sure, great, good for you. Useful? Nope. No one wants to have to rebuild EVERY SINGLE APP for Metro. That’s ridiculous.

    • Arkistriph

      1. The old interface is still available if users want to use it.
      2. No need to rebuild the apps, if an app works on Win 7 it will work  on Win 8.
      Might want to check out the Build vid to get caught up on the ins and outs of the new OS.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    You should had gone with this other video to stop anyone from whinning:

    W8 was 1 second faster. but it was on a HDD vs Lion on a SSD.

    =W8 still wins.  

  • Tyler Shultz

    Wow! all I can say. I think its all simply user preference. Do both have issues yeah.. I’m sure! I can say that I have 4 pc’s in use 2 which are strictly win7 which only get rebooted on updates or the occasional storm power outage. Windows 7 is by far the best os M-Soft has produced to date. With that said I’m pretty sure in both there will be the exception to the “norm”. If you like Win or Mac it is what it is!!! Everyone is entitled to they’re own opinion. I do have to agree though with the Mac fans here that say its not a fair comparison. EVERY computer boots faster on a fresh install! I’m am so far impressed by win8. I just ordered a duo to try it out with a touch screen lol. 

  • Deliciosasmith

    This is the dumbest “test” I have ever seen. Please never post anything related to IT ever again. IT does not need you. 

    I hear that the construction industry is booming again, you may want to try there.