While it’s not a glamorous stat, a fast boot time on a computer eliminates one of those everyday annoyances that can drag you down in the pre-coffee hours. It’s also a common measure of how efficient a computer system is.

In a extremely comprehensive blog post Thursday, Microsoft Windows program manager Gabe Aul explained how Microsoft is cutting down boot times in Windows 8 for computes with solid state and spinning hard drives.

Or, you could check out Microsoft’s video demonstration:

Aul said that Microsoft is achieving these fast boot times by essentially putting a part of the operating system into hibernation instead of shutting it down completely, though Aul said that Windows 8 will still “freshen up” drivers and devices.

Microsoft will give users the chance to revert to the boot behavior from Windows 7.

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