Fast System Startup for PCs Running Windows XP
Updated: January 31, 2002
File name: Fast System Startup for PCs Running Windows.doc
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This download white paper describes issues and solutions for achieving fast system start up on PC systems running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
Customer research has shown that one of the most frequently requested features that users want from their PCs is fast system startup, whether from cold boot or when resuming from standby or hibernation. The Windows development team at Microsoft has taken bold steps in making quickly available PCs a reality with the release of the Windows XP operating system.
This paper provides guidelines for system manufacturers to improve boot and resume times for new PCs. This paper also briefly summarizes several of the changes in Windows XP that promote quick system availability.
This paper assumes that the reader has a background in the related OnNow technologies, which are described on the ACPI / Power Management page.
System power state terminology used in this paper is based on definitions in the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification, available at http://www.acpi.info/spec.htm .