The PC platform today scales from the deeply embedded solution space to giant server cluster solutions and everything in between. One common desire across all of these domains is the desire to reduce the time it takes for the platform to initialize (boot). In this paper, many elements associated with boot performance will be discussed from various points of view in the technology food chain. In addition, methods for measuring boot performance will be discussed, how the evolution of standards (such as UEFI) resulted in boot performance enhancements, and examples of how these technology elements were incorporated into products to provide meaningful results to the end-user.