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The top response was ‘Yes, Facebook has gone too far’ with 39.6%. That means almost 40% of respondents are going to quit Facebook or might have already! 24.6% did not care about Facebook privacy and 23.2% do not use Facebook.


So after deleting my Facebook account, I have moved on to tackling my system’s boot time. I am personally using a little application called Soluto. Stay tuned for my review of it. I learned that I had close to a 1 and a half minute boot time on my 32bit Windows XP SP3 machine. This made me wonder how fast other people’s machines are at start up and here we are with today’s poll:

 

Let us know what OS you are using in the comments. However, we are looking to see how long it takes for most modern computers to start up on average. By start up, I mean to get to a workable interface where you can launch applications or documents. What do you think is an acceptable boot time?

  1. Adrian
    April 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    mine is about 1 minute and half, from pushing the power button to desktop and all icons loaded including other obvious functionality
    bdw it's Windows 10 Pro, fast startup enabled, I think it's slow and I have like 8 programs in startup some are not loaded yet, maybe 1 or 3 already loaded.

  2. Debianist
    August 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

    33sec (29 to login, plus 4 to graphical desktop), on Debian Linux - Celeron 1.33Ghz - 768MB of memory

  3. HumanSpareParts
    August 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

    WinXP 32 SP3, AMD Phenom II 945, DDR3 1600, 30 seconds between the beginning of POST and landing at my desktop.

  4. Ice_ref
    June 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Vista SP2 home premium...takes forever to boot. never timed it but would guess it's about 3 min.

  5. Janet712
    June 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Windows 7 -- takes under a minute to boot.

  6. Deena Diamond
    June 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Effing WinVista64

  7. Karl L. Gechlik
    June 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the awesome answers! How many of you are actually using SSD's?

  8. prasanna
    June 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    less than 1min

  9. Neal McQuaid
    June 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Macbook (2008) (dual core 2Ghz, 4GB RAM) that lives in sleep mode usually so only a few seconds.
    From boot, I'd guess-timate it's about 30-45 seconds unless there's an update. I can live with that.

  10. Neal McQuaid
    June 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Macbook (2008) (dual core 2Ghz, 4GB RAM) that lives in sleep mode usually so only a few seconds.
    From boot, I'd guess-timate it's about 30-45 seconds unless there's an update. I can live with that.

  11. Ab_ti_2008
    June 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

    my windows vista take about 1 minute for booting or more,but in the same device ubuntu 10.04 takes about 7 or 8 seconds

  12. fakhri
    June 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    5-10 second with ubuntu lucid on my asus K401N. exclude grub's timeout.

  13. micro sd card
    June 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    My main desktop computer boots up really fast, now I have installed some heavy programs, it's about time for me to get ready takes a little longer maybe.

  14. Kelly
    June 9, 2010 at 4:17 am

    @Soluto My boot (restart from already running PC) used to be 5:20, now it is 2:14 thanks!!! I definitely would like to see how it improves from a cold startup!

  15. Amaan
    June 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Ubuntu 10.04 takes about 7 seconds. Windows 7 takes about a minute.

  16. Richard
    June 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    On line and ready to surf in 45 secs inc. typing username & p/w in Ubuntu 10.04, Dell Inspiron laptop.

  17. haris
    June 8, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Running Ubuntu 10.04 on a 2.5 year old Dell laptop. About 25 seconds from pressing the "on" button to the login screen, and less than 5 seconds from entering my password to a usable desktop.

  18. Tj
    June 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Win 7 x64 Ultimate and AMD 3.0 gig quad core - 20 seconds to boot.

  19. pceasies
    June 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Could need a BIOS update. Probably a combination with bad hardware compatibility combined with mediocre drivers creating a horrible situation. Sounds fairly old for an update to be in affect, but that's worth a try.

    http://support.asus.com/downlo...

    Under BIOS updates it lists fixes with resuming from S4 when USB device plugged it and locking up problems with Prescott CPUs at high clocks. May be worth looking into.

  20. Shiva
    June 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Lenovo Y500 with 2.5GB of RAM and 1.60 GHz processor running on Windows 7 takes anywhere between 30s n 1 min...n Iam loving it... :-)

  21. car
    June 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Windows 7, 2 gig ram celeron processor, about a minute to boot.

  22. sal
    June 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    windows XP home edition. 512Mb ram, 2.4Ghz P4 processor. takes 20 seconds.

  23. Peter
    June 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Doesn't matter, because:
    1. I am booting very seldom, else use hibernate;
    2. I am not in the room while the computer boots anyway.

  24. Peter
    June 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Doesn't matter, because:
    1. I am booting very seldom, else use hibernate;
    2. I am not in the room while the computer boots anyway.

  25. Skelli928
    June 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hp dv4 - Ubuntu 10.04

  26. mwafi
    June 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    HP dv4t take around 1.5 min -> vista home premium

  27. ├Žnon1mus
    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I can't wait until I install an SSD primary HD in my Blackbook. The boot time will definitely be under 5 seconds.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      June 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Can't wait to hear what the results are!

  28. nev
    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Windows 7 home premium. amd 3.2ghz quad core. The system is only about 4 weeks old. Takes 59 seconds to boot.

  29. NoyBi
    June 7, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Lenovo g450 - Win7 Starter: 30s to login screen, 45 to functioning desktop; Ubuntu 10.04/Linux Mint 9: 20s to login, 30 to working desktop.

  30. Jack Cola
    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    My laptop (Medion Akoya E1210), when hibernated takes 8 seconds to boot up, from a shutdown, I think about 20 seconds - it's pretty quixk.

    My main desktop computer was really fast booting up, now I installed a few more heavy programs, it takes about the time for me to get dressed, maybe a bit longer.

  31. Jack Cola
    June 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

    My laptop (Medion Akoya E1210), when hibernated takes 8 seconds to boot up, from a shutdown, I think about 20 seconds - it's pretty quixk.

    My main desktop computer was really fast booting up, now I installed a few more heavy programs, it takes about the time for me to get dressed, maybe a bit longer.

  32. acLiLtocLiMB
    June 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I'm the only one who can boot my PC. There is a problem no-one has been able to solve, and this has been going on for years. Not only that, it's gone worse. It used to be that I boot it, and before using it, I'll have to reboot it. If I don't, after a min or two of using, it will freeze. Guaranteed.
    Now, I'll power the pc up and nothing happens. I'll have to press the reset button. This may have to be done several times before it eventually start to boot up. Oh, when it does, I'll still have to reboot if I don't want it to freeze up on me!

    MB: ASUSTek P4P800-E Rev 1.xx
    RAM: 1gb
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.20GHz
    OS: Win XP Pro SP2

    It takes forever to boot. 1 min would be my ideal. I usually have quite a few programs running at startup. Can't understand those who can boot in under 30 secs! Can't have anything running!

  33. acLiLtocLiMB
    June 7, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I'm the only one who can boot my PC. There is a problem no-one has been able to solve, and this has been going on for years. Not only that, it's gone worse. It used to be that I boot it, and before using it, I'll have to reboot it. If I don't, after a min or two of using, it will freeze. Guaranteed.
    Now, I'll power the pc up and nothing happens. I'll have to press the reset button. This may have to be done several times before it eventually start to boot up. Oh, when it does, I'll still have to reboot if I don't want it to freeze up on me!

    MB: ASUSTek P4P800-E Rev 1.xx
    RAM: 1gb
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.20GHz
    OS: Win XP Pro SP2

    It takes forever to boot. 1 min would be my ideal. I usually have quite a few programs running at startup. Can't understand those who can boot in under 30 secs! Can't have anything running!

    • pceasies
      June 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      Could need a BIOS update. Probably a combination with bad hardware compatibility combined with mediocre drivers creating a horrible situation. Sounds fairly old for an update to be in affect, but that's worth a try.

      http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx

      Under BIOS updates it lists fixes with resuming from S4 when USB device plugged it and locking up problems with Prescott CPUs at high clocks. May be worth looking into.

  34. Rose
    June 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    OSX 10.6.3 takes 10-15 seconds from completely turned off (which is what I voted for). But seeing as I rarely shut it down and simply sleep/hibernate it most of the time it's less than 5 seconds with that.

    • Rose
      June 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Seeing as it was asked later on - I am using an SSD. Definitely makes a difference!

  35. danielexd1
    June 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

    thanks to Soluto I passed from 2:25 to 1:50, delaying some apps.
    I have Windows 7 mounted on a 1.66Ghz CentrinoDuo with 2GB ram.

  36. danielexd1
    June 7, 2010 at 5:23 am

    thanks to Soluto I passed from 2:25 to 1:50, delaying some apps.
    I have Windows 7 mounted on a 1.66Ghz CentrinoDuo with 2GB ram.

  37. Anthony Russo
    June 7, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I lowered 2:25 to 1:34 with Soluto at http://www.soluto.com. Great writeup here: http://www.freewaregenius.com/...

  38. Aibek
    June 7, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Vista, SonyVaio 2.2 GHz, 2 GB ram, takes about 45 sec.

  39. Tyler Nienhouse
    June 7, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Ubuntu Lucid Lynx - 20 seconds to login, 30 seconds to desktop (including typing of password).

  40. vis
    June 7, 2010 at 4:48 am

    on vista SP2 it takes 20 sec and on win 7 it takes 1 min.

  41. Any mouse
    June 7, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Acer Aspire 5515, Arch Linux, Openbox3, 25 seconds

  42. Locutus
    June 7, 2010 at 4:27 am

    All three of my computers (a Dell Inspiron 630m with a 1.86GHz processor and Ubuntu, a Hackintoshed Dell Inspiron 1525 w/ 2.0GHz processor, and an Acer Aspire 6350G with a 2.2GHz processor and Windows 7) take around 30-45 seconds.

  43. pceasies
    June 7, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Used to take around 1.5 minutes, but after a i7 and reformat it only takes around 30 seconds.

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