Direct Application Launch from System Startup
Updated: March 12, 2010
File name: DirAppLaunch.docx
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The Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems provide built-in support for a fast system startup experience that boots or resumes directly into media or other applications. This support, called direct application launch, is possible on PCs that run Windows Vista or Windows 7 by making simple changes to platform firmware and underlying platform wake circuitry.
Direct application launch leverages existing Windows Vista and Windows 7 support for OnNow power management initiatives and technologies, including the platform sleep states and wake capabilities defined by the ACPI specification and supported by the Windows Driver Model (WDM), the underlying operating system, and platform hardware. Manufacturers can take advantage of direct application launch in Windows Vista and Windows 7 to add consumer-friendly application access buttons through chassis front panels or wireless remote controls to their system designs.
This paper describes the changes in platform hardware and firmware to support direct application launch based on button-press or wireless receiver events. It provides guidelines for system designers and firmware developers to implement platform support for direct application launch on PCs that run Windows Vista or Windows 7.
This information applies to the following operating systems:
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