"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
"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."