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Microsoft needs swift kick in the boot-up

Jan 14, 2010, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Jaroslovsky)

"Several programs aim to work around Windows' slow boot times by simply not booting Windows. Instead, these programs - some of which come installed on new computers from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asustek Computer and Acer, among others - launch a stripped-down desktop that allows you to surf the web, handle any email you can view in a browser and perform other basic tasks. Windows is there, but only to be called up when needed.

"I've been using one such program, HyperSpace from Phoenix Technologies, on a Samsung NC10 netbook for the past couple of weeks.

"Press the power button and within 15 seconds the Linux-based HyperSpace presents you with a customisable screen including a browser, a notepad application, RealNetworks's RealPlayer media software and news, weather and stock information."

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