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Mar092009

Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable Q&A with Mark Russinovich – Part 1

The recent Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable “Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond” with Mark Russinovich is out, fielded numerous questions on the Windows 7 Beta release.

Q:  Why is Windows 7 more quick to start up compared to Windows Vista?

A:  In working to improve performance for startup we have focused on making improvements in the following areas:

  • The efficiency of core Windows code
  • Only starting certain services when they are needed (demand-start services)
  • The way device drivers are initialized
  • Allowing multiple device drivers to start at the same time (parallelization)
  • An overall reduction in the memory and CPU required to start and run the graphics system

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