Internet speeds vs. computer boot speeds: Both cases involve digital signals being decrypted, analyzed, and transmitted via software and hardware. Signals from a computer boot only travel as far as the distance between its internal components. But, internet signals travel all over the world. How come when you search Google or Amazon around the world, you get results instantly, where modern computers take between 6 seconds and minutes to boot up?
Let's analyze this further. Many factors, obstacles, and bottlenecks determine the latency and speed of internet signals. It starts with the click of the ENTER button, traveling from your PC around the world and back—ending in drawing the results in pixels on your monitor. The same goes for PC boot speed.
Additionally, the CPU core runs only one thread at a time; threads wait in queues, or tasks are split among multiple cores. When traveling around the world, there are many more signals "in line" than there are inside your own computer.
I'm no expert on digital speeds but let's think like a 6-year-old. To simplify, I'll use three factors: Hardware, Software, and Distance.
This one is obvious. Signals from the Internet travel worldwide while signals from a booting computer don't leave your desk.
Google or Amazon searches travel through many hardware components - many of which are known to be speed bottlenecks. First, it must pass through YOUR hardware: keyboard, HDD, internal parts, cables, router. Then it passes through many other components, including underwater fiber-optic cables, routers, and hard drives at your ISP, Google's and Amazon's servers, and probably 16 more places where the signals "hop" around.
On the other hand, signals only need to use the hardware within your chassis while booting up a computer.
MANY software programs process Internet signals. A browser's software gathers input and creates packets for transmitting. Your operating system then handles everything. Then your router's software. After that, your ISP's router and server software. And finally, Google and Amazon's routers and servers use sophisticated algorithms to provide you with the most relevant results. When the packets return, your router and PC software is used again. Signals are received analyzed, and instructions are sent to the GPU to display results on your monitor. There's probably a ton more.
On the other hand, when your computer boots, it only needs some software from the BIOS, CPU, GPU, OS, and maybe a few more from various PC components. It loads some software into RAM, and ok, I think you get my point. Booting a computer utilizes a fraction of the software used for internet travel.
TO SUMMARIZE THE QUESTION:
Why do you get internet results in a split second, yet modern 2022 computers take between six seconds and minutes to boot?