As I mentioned, my secondhand Mac Pro might very well be the best Windows computer I’ve ever owned. The hardware is just lovely, and it runs Windows really well.
Here’s the thing: it seems to boot faster in Windows 7 than it is in OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion.
- Boot time (from Boot Camp menu to logon): 55 secs OSX / 35 secs Win7
- Logon to desktop (from hitting enter on password, to desktop ready): 28 secs OSX / 12 secs Win7
- Start Chrome and click bookmark for GMail: 10 secs OSX / 7 secs Win7
Once it’s running, OSX is very responsive, but the boot just seems to take ages.
What's going on here?
Perhaps being a 2008 Mac it doesn’t run OSX 10.8 that well… though I’d have thought it is a pretty fast box (2 x 4 core Xeon 2.8 GHz, 8Gb RAM). It’s true that Win7 is not the latest version of Windows — it appears Win8 is not supported on this Mac model under Boot Camp.
Does something in OSX need some optimisation perhaps? What's the OSX equivalent to running msconfig and turning off automatic startup for things you don't need?
OSX experts, any ideas?