Thursday, November 26, 2009

Windows 7 Review: Part 1 -- The Bootup

Windows 7!!!

Windows 7 definitely got better -- there is no doubt in my mind -- however, it still is not the best OS and has some serious flaws.

I would like to begin with the boot process. It is a bit quicker, but not too much. Also, there is a problem with dual booting sometimes because if you shut down incorrectly and you run a different operating system before doing the protocol "Start WINDOWS normally" any mounting of the drive could erase the drive/partition.

Additionally, I noticed that the system does not utilize multiple cores initially, unless preset by the hardware manufacturer. I figured this out through msconfig, which smoothly leads into my next point. The computer has never booted faster than 22 seconds and tends to rarely even get that fast It is safer to say it boots at around 28-50 seconds. The login, then, takes 20-30 seconds. Adjusting settings in msconfig does not actually, noticeably, speed up your boot.

Lastly, the part I found most amazing about the boot, because everything else had minimal performance increase, was the new animated logo.

In sum, the boot really isn't anything special.

Next, week I will talk about the login and the succeeding post will be about the Desktop environment (specifically the speed increase with the Aero theme.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Security Idea -- Which also helps speed up a OS X (on a flash drive) with limited space

NOTE: This has yet to be tested

First, some people are capable of using terminal to tell the Virtual RAM to put itself on a secondary HDD, however I found an alternative.

You will set up a new drive. Then make an alias for all of the files in the first HDD. Then, move the kernel from the initial drive to the new one along with all of the alias'. Then, bless your secondary disk so that it can boot. (Install a bootloader, etc.) The computer thinks that the initial disk is the main drive so it throws all of the Virtual RAM there. Now, by making the alias's you removed all of the extra space which vastly increases the amount of space you have for Virtual RAM.
Now, if you do this on an HDD it will require the flash drive to boot. You get a security and speed benefit although not simultaneously.

Snow Leopard Hackintosh On A Flash Drive

I have been very busy recently so I won't make this tutorial just yet. It will show up in a later post.

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