New BIOS Will Speed Up PC Booting Process

Sunday, October 3, 2010, AM | 5 Comments

A lot has changed since the advent of the PC (Personal Computer). The hardware has improved a lot, probably thousands of time better. With so much memory, you can almost swim in it. The software has also changed many times over. First it was entirely running MS DOS. Then Windows took over with a decent user-friendly interface.

Windows itself has gone through so many iterations over the last couple of decades that it’s hard to remember, for example, what Windows 3.0 looked like. I am running Vista on my desktop. Windows 7.0 is out in the market and is being used heavily, according to the industry news.

What hasn’t changed is the process when you turn on the PC and booting starts to initialize the hardware components and to load Windows. Quite frankly, it takes minutes when the Windows is fully loaded. Now that whole process will change. Some technical news suggest that newer PCs will not be “booted” by BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) but a process that has been named UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.)

UEFI will replace BIOS…

UEFI will speed up the booting process and instead of minutes, it will take seconds. PC experts say the BIOS code was not intended to live nearly this long – more than 2 decades, and adapting it to modern PCs is one reason they take as long as they do to warm up. The development for the new technology is being overseen by UEFI Forum.

Brian Richardson, of AMI’s technical marketing team, said the age of the BIOS was starting to hamper development as 64-bit computing became more common and machines mutated beyond basic desktops and laptops. AMI is one of the firms that develops BIOS software, better known as firmware.

The first to see the benefits of swapping old-fashioned BIOS for UEFI have been system administrators who have to oversee hundreds or thousands of PCs in data centers around the world. Some experts believe that 2011 would be the year that sales of UEFI machines start to dominate.

In a Nutshell
For consumers, the biggest obvious benefit of a machine running UEFI will be the speed with which it starts up. With BIOS, when I turn my PC on, I get up, make a cup of coffee, come back and I would still hear it chugging along. No more wait with UEFI. Does that mean no more caffeine during booting process?

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