I have been using VC, stable and beta, it was on December the last time I downloaded VC, which was beta version, BEFORE using beta 1.17-17 or any stable version, my PIM will make the system to boot after several minutes, about 5-6 minutes, NOW that I installed
beta 1.17-17, the same PIM will take my system to boot in about 1 - 2 minutes, it is VERY noticeable the short times now it takes to boot,
so my question is, should I be concerned with something ? or beta 1.17.17 hast a PIM improvement to boot faster?
BTW, I have no problems at all with my system taking several minutes to boot.
Changes between 1.16 and 1.17-BETA17 (18 January 2016) :
Support UNICODE passwords: all characters are now accepted in passwords (except Windows system encryption)
Cut mount/boot time by half thanks to a clever optimization of key derivation (found by Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet)
Fix dll hijacking issue affecting installer that allows code execution with elevation of privilege (CVE-2016-1281). Reported by Stefan Kanthak (http://home.arcor.de/skanthak/)
Sign binaries using both SHA-1 and SHA-256 to follow new Microsoft recommendations.
Solve issues under Comodo/Kaspersky when running an application from a VeraCrypt volume (Reported and fixed by Robert Geisler)
Bootloader: Protect password/PIM length by filling the fields to maximum length with '*' after ENTER
Solve issue with system favorites not being able to be mounted to drive A:
Solve lost focus issues for after displaying the waiting dialog
Implement PIM caching, for both system encryption and normal volumes. Add options to activate it.
Internal rewrite to make VeraCrypt native UNICODE application.
Workaround to avoid false positive detection by some anti-virus software.
Hide disconnected network drives in the list of available drives. Add option to make them available for mounting.
Solve issue that caused in some cases configuration and history XML files to be updated even when not needed.
Fix leak of path of selected keyfiles in RAM.
Fix TB unit can't be deselected in VeraCryptExpander.
Add Alt+i keyboard shortcut for "Use PIM" checkbox.
Minor GUI and translations fixes.
I suggest to read release notes on every version.