Which annoys you most - Slow bootup or slow shutdown?

Which annoys you most - Slow bootup or slow shutdown?

Summary: The comments I got on the post I made the other day on Vista bootup speeds were interesting. What caught my eye was the number of you which mentioned that a PC that was slow to shutdown were just as irritating, if not more irritating, that a PC that was slow to boot up.

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The comments I got on the post I made the other day on Vista bootup speeds were interesting.  What caught my eye was the number of you which mentioned that a PC that was slow to shutdown were just as irritating, if not more irritating, that a PC that was slow to boot up.

So, which do you find the most annoying?

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And for those of you who said that you find slow bootups to be more irritating on notebooks that desktop PCs, I have to admit that I agree with you.  This is the main reason why I keep my notebook as bare as possible.  Not only does a streamlined install make bootups faster, it reduced on the amount of updating that I have to do when it is on and hooked up to the Internet.

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  • Yeah, what about updating?

    I've got my work Windows laptop hooked to AC 99% of the time, so I haven't experienced it, but what happens if you are on battery and a scheduled Microsoft Update comes along? Can it be automatically postponed if you are on battery? That would be a great feature.

    I know this is kind of off-topic, but all this talk about converting every ounce of battery life into user productivity now has me wondering.
    Michael Kelly
    • I f you select prompt before applying updates ...

      ... you can deffer them when on battery.
      ShadeTree
  • Nevermind Slow bootup/shutdown

    The real question is:

    [b]How many times do you reboot during the day?[/u]

    This is not an issue for Linux Users.
    D T Schmitz
    • It is as much an issue for Linux Laptop users as ...

      as laptop Windows users. Windows desktops rarely rebbot.
      ShadeTree
      • Says who?

        I have to reboot my Windows desktop at least once a day. Either because there's a Windows update, or IE (which I have to use for some things) falls over and refuses to work correctly when I restart it, or some random internal thing falls over.
        StevoCJ
  • Ummm none

    I turn it on in the morning and I turn it off at night - except for the MS Small business server that just keeps running.

    Linux users - don't they have to reboot after every distro download and benchmark? Of course otherwise it's not going to effect them because they don't actually have to do anything with their very small number of last century apps.

    ;-)
    TonyMcS
  • Neither happens often enough to matter

    [i][/i]
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • same here, dont shut it down and you dont have problems

      i'll reboot the computers in the house once every few months, all are running win2k besides one win2003 server (which doesn't get rebooted at all..)

      the monitors get turned off and turned back on, the worst problem i have is that my 6 year old son's computer screen is an old crt and it takes ~30 seconds to warm up...

      Valis
      CEO
      Valis Enterprises
      http://www.valissoft.com
      Valis Keogh
      • Shut it down!

        Does that make you an environmental criminal? Turn those electrical devices off when you're not using them. It saves the planet, and it means there's no chance that your computers are going to get hacked when you're not using them.
        StevoCJ
  • Both are are equally irritating ...

    I'm running (K)Ubuntu 6.10.... I have to reboot maybe once every week and a half to two weeks. However when I do reboot I hate waiting for it to cycle. I do notice a HUGE difference in shut down times between my home computer (Athlon 64 2800 Kubuntu) and my work system (Pentium 4 3.0ghz Windows XP).... the Windows system is about 5 times slower on shutdown than the slower linux system, however boot up on the Windows system is about 1/4th faster than the linux machine. So it is a little bit of a trade off.... But then again I HAVE to reboot the Windoze machine EVERY DAY!!!!


    -tek
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  • Both are are equally irritating ...

    I'm running (K)Ubuntu 6.10.... I have to reboot maybe once every week and a half to two weeks. However when I do reboot I hate waiting for it to cycle. I do notice a HUGE difference in shut down times between my home computer (Athlon 64 2800 Kubuntu) and my work system (Pentium 4 3.0ghz Windows XP).... the Windows system is about 5 times slower on shutdown than the slower linux system, however boot up on the Windows system is about 1/4th faster than the linux machine. So it is a little bit of a trade off.... But then again I HAVE to reboot the Windoze machine EVERY DAY!!!!


    -tek
    tek_notes2@...
  • It always seems to be Windows Explorer

    I usually don't have problems with having to reboot my windows machines - except for when Internet Explorer locks up - It's not as bad with XP then it was with '98 - I just end the process and restart it - I don't usually have to reboot.
    My work PC stays on 24 hrs a day Monday morning thru Friday afternoon - I shut it down for the weekends.
    But my laptop takes forever to shutdown - I am usually putting it in it's case as it is still powering down - very annoying
    Start-up is quick with XP - esp compared to '98!
    I also have Linux Ubuntu and Mandrake - very stable operating systems - but not easy to install applications - It's got better games than XP -
    Labrat636
  • The only time either one is annoying

    is when I have to reboot due to downloading some MS update. Otherwise, I turn the computer on (or start the shutdown sequence) and do something else while it works. For instance, when I get to work I turn on my computer before setting down my briefcase or taking off my coat.
    Beat a Dead Horse
  • Speeding up & slowing down

    I have found that keeping the boot partition to as small as size as can be practically managed speeds up boot times. Sadly I also configure windows to clear the pagefile on shutdown and I know that is contributing to a slow shutdown.

    I haven't played with Vista yet but I suspect it might have some similar behaviours.
    DOSlover
  • Not a problem...

    It's not really a problem, is it? That is, compared to 'not working at all'!. If they (M$) could only get the bloody thing (Window$) to work properly, I'd be happy...

    But nnoooo, there are too busy trying to make everybody else's software behave as bad as theirs...

    So there, this is what I think about slow bootup and slow shutdown!...
    O_tempore_o_more