Computer maker Lenovo (NASDAQ: LNVGY) launched its latest effort to accelerate boot-up times with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 (EE3) for Windows 7. A certification available with Lenovo Think and Idea-branded PCs, EE3 computers feature enhanced Windows start-up performance and will come standard on a range of Think and Idea-branded PCs4 shipping starting this month.

Although the upcoming launch of Windows 8 is grabbing most of the media attention, VARs serving customers with Windows 7 operating systems can ensure they are still moving at the speed of business. Microsoft is also working overtime to ensure original equipment manufacturers and partners continue to focus on Windows 7 sales.

Customers using traditional spinning-disk hard drive Lenovo PCs can leverage the company’s RapidBoot technology, to boot up in 24 seconds on average. Compare that to the typical Windows 7 PC, which claims an average boot-up time of 41 seconds.

Some IdeaPad, ThinkPad and ThinkPad Edge notebooks also come equipped with BootShield, which allows users to maintain a fast boot performance even after installing multiple applications over the course of the PC’s lifetime.

Think-branded PCs with EE3 also come with a variety of security features including self-encrypting hard drives that protect the data on the PC in case of loss or theft; a hardware password manager; a fingerprint reader that can be used to power the PC on and for log-in; USB Blocker, which can block the use of any USB device connected to the PC based on types of devices; and a BIOS Port Lock.

In today’s 24/7 business world, time is money, and when it comes to the PC, VARs can demonstrate to their customers that every second counts. Faster boot time performance and quicker resume times can turn those wasted moments into productive periods.

As Lenovo readies for its Accelerate Partner Forum in Las Vegas from May 14-16, 2012, you can be sure EE3 will be a topic of conversation, as will Windows 8, no doubt. We'll see which version of Microsoft's operating system gets more lip service.